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Title

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Artist

Destiny Deacon

Australia

1957 -

Language groups

Kuku, East Cape region, Erub, Torres Strait region


About

'I think blak dolls represent us as people, I don't think white Australia, or whatever you want to call it, sees us as people.' Destiny Deacon 1993

'Dolls are silent reminders of childhood, but Deacon gives voice to her dolls by communicating feelings… these dolls are decapitated, amputated or contorted, thereby becoming animated and expressive characters in Deacon's psychodramas. In doing so, they confront prejudice and inequality in their inimitable way.'

Natalie King in 'Destiny Deacon: walk & don't look blak', Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney 2004


Details


Date

1995


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

colour bubble-jet print from Polaroid photograph


Edition

1/5


Dimensions

49.0 x 39.8 cm image; 57.6 x 45.4 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.l. sheet, pencil "...1995, Destiny ...".


Credit

Purchased 1996


Location

Not on display


Accession number

370.1996


Artist information

Destiny Deacon

Artist profile

Works in the collection

27


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Judy Annear, Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95, Sydney, 2005, (colour illus.). no catalogue numbers

Adam Shoemaker (Editor), A Sea Change - Australian Writing and Photography, Sydney, 1998, 224, 225 (illus.).