Tyssen's works explore the relationship between European artefacts and the perception of our Australian cultural heritage. The broken artefacts were found and photographed in Paris, highlighting the idea of the great European cities being a bastion of culture and a repository of cultural remnants.
The perceived notions of the 'civilised' Europe and the 'uncivilised' new country meant that until recently many Australians looked to Europe to find a cultural identity. Tyssen questions this need and her own position as a European migrant in Australia, and reflects upon the fragmentary and dislocated nature of memory, history and culture.
2 gelatin silver photographs
31.6 x 98.1 cm sight overall; 44.5 x 111.0 cm frame :
1 - head left; 31.6 x 49 cm; sight
2 - hand right; 31.6 x 49 cm; sight
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the J.S. Watkins Memorial Fund 1993
Not on display
© Ingeborg Tyssen, 1991-92. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Shown in 5 exhibitions
Ingeborg Tyssen - Twenty Years of Photography, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Mar 1995–09 Apr 1995
Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Nov 2005–29 Jan 2006
Flatlands: photography and everyday space, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 13 Sep 2012–03 Feb 2013
Flatlands: photography & everyday space, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Sep 2012–03 Feb 2013
Voices of Silence, Artspace, Woolloomooloo, 1993?–1993?
Referenced in 3 publications
Judy Annear, Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95, Sydney, 2005. no catalogue numbers
Anthony Bond and Victoria Lynn, AGNSW Collections, 'Contemporary Practice - Here, There, Everywhere ...', pg. 229-285, Sydney, 1994, 262 (illus.).
Isobel Johnston, Ingeborg Tyssen - Twenty years on photography, Sydney, 1995, 2 (illus.). cat.no. 91