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Title

Never shall be forgotten - a mother's story

2017

Artist

Richard Lewer

New Zealand, Australia

1970 -

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  • Details

    Date
    2017
    Media categories
    Drawing , Time-based art
    Materials used
    single channel digital animation, colour and black and white, sound
    Edition
    2/5
    Dimensions
    duration: 00:05:04 mins, aspect ratio:16:9, dimensions variable
    Credit
    Contemporary Collection Benefactors' 2017
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    194.2017
    Copyright
    © Richard Lewer

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    '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.

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