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Reproduced courtesy of Adam Hill

One Eyed Viewpoint

Date: 2013
Display dimensions: 675 × 825 × 20 mm
Overall: 679 × 825 × 20 mm
Medium: Photograph
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Copyright: © Adam Hill
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00054558

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    A black and white photograph by Adam Hill titled 'One Eyed Viewpoint' depicting an imprint a pair of shoes and a hand telescope set in concrete, symbolising those of Cook.

    This contemporary photograph by Adam Hill looks at the markers and monuments to Cook's arrival and the overall sense of those who have come to this place rather than those who have long been here.

    SignificanceThis photograph by Adam Hill gives a contemporary Indigenous perspective on first contact and the impact of Eurpoean colonisation. Forms part of the East Coast Encounter exhibition.
    HistoryThis work by Adam Hill was produced for East Coast Encounter, a multi-arts initiative involving Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, writers and songwriters to re-imagine the encounter by Lieutenant James Cook and his crew with Indigenous people in 1770.

    Cook's voyage along the Australian east coast has become central to national historical narratives. The East Coast Encounter project asked artists to re-envisage this seminal journey by imaginatively exploring moments of contact between two world views during these encounters. It also brought these events into the present by incorporating artists' reflections on their relevance today, and their responses to visits to significant contact locations. Topics such as encounter, impact, differing perspectives, nature and culture and views of country are investigated.

    Adam Hill is an Indigenous artist based in Sydney. His work is often confrontational and political, yet can also be humorous. Deceptively simple at first glance, Hills work a painter, sculptor and a photographer often uses images of 'western icons', such as this imprinted concrete, to reiterate displacement and questions of identity.

    In Hill's photographs for East Coast Encounter, locations which commemorate the arrival of the First Fleet are re-framed into sites of loss, negotiation and reclamation. Titles and imagery work together to connote new perspectives. The park barbie, an Aussie icon, is reinterpreted through the title Barbiquaria (2013), referencing the 1986 satirical film BabaKiueria (Barbeque Area) in which uniformed Aboriginal people invade a beach of barbeque-loving white Australians.

    Additional Titles

    Primary title: One Eyed Viewpoint

    Collection title: East Coast Encounters collection

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