"Nestled between two rivers in the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea lies the land known as 'the island' – home to the Kuka Boys. The island sits on a dead outcrop between two villages that were decimated by a bloody war years ago. Deprived of a generation of fathers, the younger kids have grown up under the guidance of the bigger boys in the village. Their agricultural skills have been lost and many of them have taken to the cultivation of marijuana as a means of making a living. These photographs were taken during two live-in visits to the village. During my stays I joined in on the residents' day-to-day activities. These photos capture the cultivation, consumption and protection of marijuana in this community."
Joel Bouchier is a photographer based in Sydney, Australia. He is drawn to travel and adventure. His approach to photography is one of immersion. By joining the everyday lives of the communities he visits, Joel develops close relationships with his subjects, allowing him complete freedom when photographing them.
Opening Tue 11 Nov, 6–9pm
Exhibition runs until Sun 16 Nov, Tue–Sat, 9am–6pm