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Collection

Mike Parr

(Australia 1945 – )

Title
Blackleg (Mama/Papa)
Year
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
Accession number
101.2001.a-d
Location
Not on display
Further information

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)