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Title

Noel Collett and Shane Phillips, Eveleigh Street, Redfern

1992


Artist

About

These images were originally part of a collaborative installation work, titled 'Conference call', made with renowned African-American conceptual artist Adrian Piper, for 'The boundary rider: 9th Biennale of Sydney', Art Gallery of NSW, 1992. In the Biennale, the images were displayed in a darkened room furnished with office chairs where people were encouraged to sit and answer incessantly ringing telephones. On the 'phones, listeners heard someone talking in an unidentified Aboriginal language followed by a translation in English.
Croft took these photos at key sites around Redfern and presents images of Aboriginal people, with a diversity of experiences and backgrounds, standing proudly within their urban environment. Contrary to the usual media depictions of Redfern's Aboriginal community, Croft presents a positive image from an insider's viewpoint. Included in these images are significant individuals who have worked tirelessly for their people, some of whom have since passed away and are thus memorialised in the images.


Details


Other Title

Shane Phillips and Noel Collett, Eveleigh Street, Redfern


Date

1992


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

duratran


Edition

1/3


Dimensions

182.8 x 275.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Brenda L. Croft 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

166.2000.2


Artist information

Brenda L Croft

Artist profile

Works in the collection

29


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Hetti Perkins and Jonathan Jones (Editors), Half light: Portraits from black Australia, 'Brenda L Croft', pg. 56-63, Sydney, 2008, 61 (colour illus.).

Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, 'Brenda L. Croft in Yiribana', pg. 12, Sydney, Jun 2013, 12 (colour illus.).

Wayne Tunnicliffe, Tradition today: Indigenous art in Australia, 'Brenda L. Croft', pg. 42, Sydney, 2004, 42 (colour illus.).