Culture / Geography / History / Interdependence

In focus: Brook Andrew’s Time

Brook Andrew, TIME (installation view) 2012, mixed-media, dimensions variable, Photography: Brook Andrew


TIME draws on a personal archive of historical photographs and postcards of Aboriginal and colonial experiences from around the world. Brook Andrew’s work has sought to explore the implications of Aboriginal knowledge, not just within the context of Australian history, but also more broadly within the knowledge systems which drive culture and society. Brook Andrew’s TIME considers the human and political connections between images – where they come from, the politics of their circulation and how they influence our modern gaze. In our current age where images are ubiquitous and created for mass-markets, TIME considers the human and political connections between images.

Andrew represents seemingly unrelated source material as life-sized images hand printed onto two-dimensional surfaces. Whilst the subjects may be immediately incongruous – a woman from New Caledonia, an Indian postal worker, a countdown clock from a scientific experiment, an Aboriginal man towering over the Sydney Museum – their composition within the space suggests a geography and gaze reflective of colonial history. As audiences walk amongst these large, almost theatrical scenes, Andrew allows the viewer to enter into the ambiguity of their connected histories.

Brook Andrew, TIME (installation view) 2012, mixed-media, dimensions variable, Photography: Brook Andrew

時間(2012) 此作品藝術家從他個人收藏、來自各地的殖民時代生活與原住民相關的相片與明信片中發展。Brook Andrew試圖想循他的原住民祖先的智慧朔原、不只是沿著澳大利亞教科書上的歷史脈絡、而是更廣泛、從創建現今這個社會與文化的不同知識體系去探究。Brook Andrew的時間 (2012)探索圖像之間人與政治的連結、這些圖像從何而來、是在什麼樣子的社會政治背景下產生的影像、而它們又是對我們現代的視點產生什麼影響與互動。在知識爆炸的現代社會、影像的產生已經成為無意識的複製與傾銷、時間(2012)把人與政治性拉回影像上。Andrew帶來了一系列巨大的版畫影像、圖像中的主題似乎完全搭不上邊-一個來自新喀裡多尼亞的女人、一印度郵政工、一個科學實驗使用的倒數碼表、悉尼博物館前矗立著個土著男人- 這些圖像安排掛置的位置暗示了圖像間的地理關係、視線帶出它們與彼此和殖民歷史之間的關係。當觀眾走在這些巨型如話劇佈景的立牌中間, Andrew正引領我們進入歷史旋渦中.

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