Comprising ten prints, The Forgotten Wars – Series II explores concepts of mapping, conflict and colonialism, and is a continuing theme by the award-winning, South Australian trained artists James Tylor and Laura Wills.
This series presents photographs of Tasmanian rural landscapes taken by Tylor. The photographs are then overlaid by Wills with drawings influenced by colonial war illustrations of conflict and battle. The second series focuses on the Black War in Tasmania between 1820 – 1832. It investigates ‘The Black Line’, the largest force ever assembled against Aboriginal people in Australia.
Indigenous Australian photographer, James Tylor, examines issues around cultural identity in Australian contemporary society and social history. Tylor’s work focuses largely on the 19th century history of Australia and its continual effect on present day issues surrounding cultural identity. Non-Indigenous artist Laura Wills has a multidisciplinary practice. She explores social and environmental themes using found materials, collaborative processes and site-specific ephemeral projects.
In bringing their practices together for this series, the artists invite a deeper dialogue between the present and the past and help ‘decolonise’ mainstream narratives of Australian history.
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Laura Wills and James Tylor, The Forgotten Wars – Series II, 2019, coloured pencil on photographic print, 50 x 50 cm, © the artists
3 – 26 September 2019
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