Martine Perret is a photographer and artist living in Margaret River.
After a long career in photojournalism, covering UN peacekeeping missions in conflict zones, such as Burundi, the Democratic Republic of The Congo, Timor-Leste and most recently in South Sudan and West Africa (documenting the Ebola crisis response), Martine now focuses her time on producing work in and around Western Australia with a strong focus on the aerial landscape as a storytelling tool.
Through publication, exhibition and awards programs Martine’s work has been celebrated nationally and internationally for her contemporary approach to conceptual landscape photography. Her most recent project ‘Ngala Wongga, Cultural and Significance of Languages in the Goldfields’ approaches indigenous language and history through the use of her signature aerial landscapes, portraits and gallery installations. The exhibition toured with ART ON THE MOVE for 18 months in WA and at the Australian Embassy in Paris for the launch of activities for the International Year of Indigenous Languages in 2019. ‘Ngala Wongga’ book has been published with a multimedia link to the Australian National Commission for UNESCO’s website as a legacy work.
Martine is currently working on a new project “Connection – language connecting feeling, culture, country’ (‘Dwardinan’, ‘Nijiniji’, ‘Juruyingu Kujutringuya’, ‘Wuyurpa’, ‘Ngala Wongga’, ‘Margillee’) collaborating with Aboriginal women – speakers of languages from Western Australia and Northern territory.