This exhibition is a series of miniature constructed dioramas critiquing Australian colonial narratives in which multiple histories intersect and collide.
Each image reimagines, disrupts or retells iconic stories from Australian colonial history that are either forgotten or ignored. The Battle of Broken Hill – considered the first attack by foreign nationals on Australian soil; Honeysuckle Creek – the actual site where the 1969 moon landing television signal was received and transmitted (not Parkes); and the river formally known as (insert name) – the most iconic river in Australia whose name has a contentious settler and indigenous history, a lost opportunity. Other images reimagine myths and narratives in referencing worker histories and natural resources.
By combining historical reflection and irony, the project seeks to unpack the complex nature of cultural identity and the contested nature of settler histories on land and place.
Shane Hulbert is a Melbourne-based academic, artist and curator. His photographic work has been shown nationally and internationally, notably at the National Gallery of Victoria and the Pingyao International Photography Festival in China.
Hubert writes on contemporary art education, and his photographic practice explores the expression of a collective national Australian identity through distinct and popular iconography that connects place, history and culture.
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