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Title

Never shall be forgotten - a mother's story

2017


Artist

Richard Lewer

New Zealand, Australia

1970 -


About

'Never shall be forgotten - a mother's story' is a hand-drawn animation that tells the story, some thirty years later, of John Pat, an Indigenous teenager whose death at the hands of police officers at Roebourne, WA on 28 September 1983, led to the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody (1987-1991).

Richard Lewer visited Roebouren in 2016 to meet John Pat’s mother Mavis, and other members of his family. He recorded the meeting with drawings, expressing the family’s grief and anger, from the perspective of Mavis.

Drawing is central to Lewer’s practice. He uses drawing as an aesthetic language but also as a sort of personal therapy and catharsis; he extends this cathartic role to the telling of John Pat’s tragic story.


Details


Date

2017


Media categories

Drawing , Time-based art


Materials used

video with hand drawn animation, high definition, stereo sound, 5.04 mins


Edition

2/5


Dimensions

dimensions variable


Credit

Contemporary Collection Benefactors' 2017


Location

Not on display


Accession number

194.2017


Artist information

Richard Lewer

Works in the collection

10


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Lisa Slade, The national 2017: new Australian art, "Richard Lewer', pg. 102, Sydney, 2017, 102-103 (illus.), 148.