2020 Finalists

Liss FENWICK

Artist statement: Subverting nationalistic and colonial depictions of landscape and rural people, these images belongs to a series of photographs titled Back out created in Australia’s Northern Territory. I was born in Darwin and belong to a rural community nearby, and this project explores the increasing sense of nihilism, boredom, and decay I feel there. It draws on the growing outsider status of rural people compared to mainstream Australia, and the political implications of what Andrés Rodríguez-Pose describes as the revenge of the ‘places that don’t matter’, such as the rise of regional populism. The images respond to this growing alienation from mainstream Australia by rural subcultures, isolated across the vastness of the Australian continent. My practice involves efforts to try and befriend, value, and make meaning around landscape elements, such as meat ants, termites and trees, as a possibly futile, yet tender way to counterbalance the alienation in the wake of the colonial mindset.

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Übermensch lol, Snake Creek Armament Depot  2019–21
from the series Back out
pigment ink-jet print
120.0 x 80.0 cm
courtesy of the artist

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