2020 Finalists

Fiona MACDONALD

Artist statement: Shadow of proof is a series of photographic contact and copy prints sourced from public archives, woven together to disrupt and question historical modes of representation and reveal the structures of power and privilege that have shaped contemporary society. The original photographs were taken in central Queensland during the late 19th century and early 20th century, a period of booming pastoral expansion and gold rushes. The series combines images of figures in colonial society, a pastoralist or entrepreneur or colonial modes of display of Aboriginal or Melanesian cultural artefacts, with portraits of marginalised individuals, Aboriginal people or indentured South Sea Islanders.

Artwork source images: courtesy the Central Queensland Collection, Rockhampton Regional Council Libraries and the Capricornia Collection, University of Central Queensland

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Central Queensland man and Rockhampton School of Arts display  2020
from the series Shadow of proof
gelatin silver prints
49.0 x 39.0 cm
courtesy of the artist and Cross Art Projects (Sydney)

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