2019 Finalists

Jon FRANK

Artist statement: This photograph is part of a seven-year exploration into modern Australian identity. The series began as an untethered wandering through each state and territory. My photographic method relies on randomness and chaos to balance the rigid order (physics, chemistry and mathematics) inherent in the medium. I had no particular agenda at the forefront of my mind. It took five years of looking and listening to decompartmentalise our blinkered notion of history and nationalism and recognise our unresolved national shame. Living for a year in a remote Aboriginal community provided a deeper understanding of the racism and disadvantage faced by First Nations people. When I first met my friend Warrick, we were riding in the back of a Toyota. He turned and said to me, ‘You got sadness in you Jakamarra, you got shame job.’

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Jon FRANK
Yuendumu, NT  2019
from the series The weekenders
pigment ink-jet print
40.0 x 55.0 cm
courtesy of the artist

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