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Title

WYE

Artist

Mikhael Subotzky

South Africa

1981 –

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  • Details

    Media category
    Time-based art
    Materials used
    three channel film, colour, sound
    Edition
    1/5
    Dimensions
    duration: 00:48:30 min
    Credit
    Gift of Brian and Gene Sherman 2021. Donated through the Australian Government’s Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    49.2021
    Copyright
    © Mikhael Subotzky
    Artist information
    Mikhael Subotzky

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    Mikhail Subotzky’s complex three channel video installation WYE was commissioned by the Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation in 2016. The work examines the human impact of colonisation and the historical links between Britain, South Africa and Australia through a narrative spanning time and space, told from the perspectives of three fictional characters: Craig Hare, a present-day light-house keeper, James T. Lethbridge, a colonial settler in 1820, and Feio, an Australian psycho-anthropologist from the future. Three short films, titled Feio, Hare and Lethbridge, were shown simultaneously on separate screens in a purpose-built sound space. The floor was covered with sand, contributing to an immersive environment that echoes the coastal location featured in each of the films.