Near this spot, 2017

In the Middlesborough suburb of Marton, a large granite urn marks the approximate location of the cottage in which James Cook was born. Similarly, on the island of Hawai‘i, at the edge of Kealakekua Bay, a decaying monument memorialises that “Near this spot” the death of Captain James Cook occurred. This marking of the land ensures that a particular story is privileged. Over time, the natural elements are slowly reclaiming and decolonising the landscape by degrading the monuments. Inspired by this action the two monuments have been removed from the photographic prints. This rupturing of the surface of the physical prints transforms the intrinsic indexical nature of the photograph and creates a potential space for non-dominant narratives to emerge.

 

Exhibition at Arcade, Five Walls Projects, Footscray
28 June - 15 July 2017