Never shall be forgotten - a mother's story
New Zealand, Australia
'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.
single channel digital animation, colour and black and white, sound
duration: 00:05:04 mins, aspect ratio:16:9, dimensions variable
Contemporary Collection Benefactors' 2017
Not on display
© Richard Lewer
Shown in 1 exhibition
The National 2017: New Australian Art, Carriageworks, 30 Mar 2017–18 Jun 2017
Referenced in 1 publication
Lisa Slade, The national 2017: new Australian art, "Richard Lewer', pg. 102, Sydney, 2017, 102-103 (illus.), 148.