Challenging the Aesthetics of Mythic Identity

These photographic explorations speak to the masked, veiled, distorted and denied concepts of Indigenous identity since colonisation.

In these works I am performing my identity through manipulated fact and fiction. The inherent ambiguity in these self-portraits relates to how much of my Tasmanian palawa history has been and continues to be manipulated. I am showing that my identity has been constricted and partially masked.

Despite the constrictions and obscuring I present holes in the masks that reveal more information.

This potent nature of masking and disguise proudly reclaims and amplifies my contemporary existence. The works coalesce to give shape and depth to my flattened history.

Holes In the Mask

2016

Digital Photograph