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Title

Blackleg (Mama/Papa)


Artist

Mike Parr

Australia

1945 -


About

Photographer: Paul Green

"...'(Mama/Papa)' ...is an Artaudian regression.... 'Blackleg' of course suggests 'scab' or 'pariah' or even another, more ironical way of thinking about 'stump' or amputated arm, as in 'blackstump'. 'Beyond the blackstump' in turn suggests 'beyond the pale'. The associations are vertiginous and are compounded by introducing photo-documentation of earlier performances as 'wounds' to be stapled onto the leg. This magnification and displacement of 'gaps' left by the photographic record (the impossibility of the 'real' as merely an image) is the recurrent theme of so much of my work of recent years and is enacted in variously conspicuous ways, across the range of all these photographic pieces". (letter from Mike Parr to Tony Bond 23/3/2001)


Details


Dates

1993
printed 2001


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

4 type C photographs


Edition

1/3


Dimensions

4 photographs: each 95.0 x 84.5 cm image; 113.5 x 102.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the artist 2001


Location

Not on display


Accession number

101.2001.a-d


Artist information

Mike Parr

Works in the collection

89