Martine Perret

  • Installation
  • Mixed Media
  • Photography

After a career in UN peacekeeping, Martine now focuses her time photographing Western Australia with a strong focus on aerial landscape, portraits, and gallery installations.

Studio Details

Hay Shed at The Farm
343 Burnside Rd
Margaret River

Opening Hours

  • Sat 9 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 10 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Mon 11 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Tue 12 SeptClosed
  • Wed 13 SeptClosed
  • Thu 14 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Fri 15 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sat 16 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 17 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Mon 18 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Tue 19 SeptClosed
  • Wed 20 SeptBy appointment
  • Thu 21 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Fri 22 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sat 23 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Sun 24 Sept10am - 4pm
  • Parking suitable for cars
  • Parking suitable for buses
  • Family friendly (suitable for children)
  • Refreshments available

Martine Perret is a photographer who was born in Paris, and now lives and works from her base on Wardandi country / Margaret River in Western Australia.
She is known for her startlingly beautiful portrayal of the Australian landscape, often employing aerial captures alongside portraiture to tell important stories of our times and peoples. This approach to art photography is based on her career in photojournalism, including a decade covering UN peacekeeping missions in conflict zones, in South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, Timor-Leste and West Africa where she documented the Ebola crisis.
Above – Margaret River Region is the fifth book by Martine Perret. It continues her ongoing investigation into the connection of landscape, people, and culture. Other projects produced by Martine in collaboration with Indigenous Australians and other creatives draw particular attention to the importance of First Nations’ languages. These include books with accompanying exhibitions: Ngala Wongga (Come Talk) - Cultural Significance of Languages in the Goldfields (2019), and Belong – Language connecting feeling, culture, country (2021) which was exhibited at the WA Museum Boola Bardip.
In December 2022 Martine was honoured to travel to Paris with Wardandi Elders Vivian Brockman Webb, Mitchella Hutchins and artist Roly Skender to launch the UNESCO International Decade of Indigenous Languages with the presentation of the collaborative audio-visual work Wannang Biridge (Light of the Peppermint Tree), which was originally created at The Farm Margaret River.


"Wannang Biridge" - Exhibition Opening & Book Launch of ABOVE – Margaret River Region at the HEART Margaret River

*****This is a free event at the HEART Margaret River****** Exhibition is on from August 18-September 3, 2023. Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm. Join us for the exhibition opening & book launch of ABOVE – Margaret River Region: Saturday August 26, 4.30pm “Wannang Biridge, Light of the peppermint tree” brings together the multiple collaborations of photo artist Martine Perret with Elder Vivian Brockman Webb, Mitchella Hutchins, Mabenan Hutchins and Majinda Hutchins with music composer and video/sound artist Roly Skender. Wannang Biridge is a digital projection and exhibition of photographs that combines existing and new portraiture of Wardandi Elders with photomicrographs of the land created during Perret’s SymbioticA residency in June 2022. Wannang Biridge is part of Perret’s continuing collaboration and consultation with Indigenous Elders from the Goldfields and the Southwest of Western Australia which investigates the universal idea that everything is connected, and how the memory of the land intrinsically passes through and between us. Perret worked closely with Vivian Brockman Webb and Mitchella Hutchins on Wardandi country (Margaret River), collecting samples of soil, buds, leaves and bark of an old peppermint tree close to Perret’s studio at The Farm Margaret River. Mitchella Hutchins explains, ‘The peppermint tree, or as we call it the ‘Wannang ‘tree, is sacred to us women. Significant trees, ones that are much larger and look distinctively different than the trees around them, are often woman’s birthing places. This is because the placentas of not just one birth, but generational births, have been placed by a family under that tree – the spirit of the tree feeds the baby and the baby’s spirit feeds the tree.’

26 August 2023

04:30 pm - 06:00 pm

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