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Reproduced courtesy of Adam Hill

Walk the Line

Date: 2013
Display dimensions: 675 × 825 × 20 mm
Overall: 677 × 826 × 20 mm
Medium: Photograph
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Copyright: © Adam Hill
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00054562

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    This black and white photograph by Adam Hill is titled 'Walk the Line' and depicts a cleared landscape with a low fence, two tanks and electricity lines. This type of landscape represents the signs of industrial civilisation, giving no indication that there ever were Aboriginal people here.

    In his series of images for East Coast Encounters, Adam Hill looks at the notion of historical erasure, with the artists work interogating the impact of Cooks landing here in 1770 by focusing on the present.
    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 stark waterfront landscape, to reiterate displacement and questions of identity.

    Hill's photographs for East Coast Encounter look at the notion of historical erasure, interogating the impact of Cooks landing here in 1770 by focusing on the present and the by products of European settlement.
    Additional Titles

    Collection title: East Coast Encounters collection

    Primary title: Walk the Line

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