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Reproduced courtesy of Adam Hill

We've boundless pains to share

Date: 2013
Display dimensions: 830 × 1010 × 20 mm
Overall: 833 × 1015 × 20 mm
Medium: Photograph
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Copyright: © Adam Hill
Object Name: Photograph
Object No: 00054563

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    A black and white photograph by Adam Hill titled 'We've boundless pains to share'.
    The image depicts a Muslim man wearing a thobe and taqiyah fishing at Botany Bay.
    Behind him is Captain Cooks Landing Place monument and out to sea is the Kurnell Oil Refinery wharf.

    This photograph by Adam Hill highlights the concept of 'the foreign' and questions identity of place. The artist unsettles the notion of what it means to be foreign and comments on collisions of cultures in this piece which features a Muslim man fishing beneath sun-drenched skies at the site of the first landing.
    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' 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. It also looks as the idea of being 'foreign' and dispalced.
    Additional Titles

    Collection title: East Coast Encounters collection

    Primary title: We've boundless pains to share

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