Saturday, October 19, 2019

Past imperfect

If it wasn't made explicit from the outset, I'd suggest that there's still something about these moody and evocative scratched photos created by Aletheia Casey that makes them unmistakably Australian.

Casey explains, "The images seek to uncover hidden atrocities through the disfigured and manipulated landscapes. The series considers how Australia's national identity has been informed by a manipulated version of history. My own manipulation and distortion of the imagery is a part of my personal attempt at coming to terms with the history of the country, leaving my own individual trace within the image and uncovering and revealing a more truthful version of history." As such, they would have been perfect for the flyposters for John Hillcoat and Nick Cave's film The Proposition or the cover of The Drones' Gala Mill.

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