Europe, UK, Canada 1962-63; France 1970-71
Ghost town # 1- 12
gelatin silver photographs
comp 40.0 (h) x 50.7 (w) cm
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
© Miriam Stannage
Miriam Stannage worked primarily as a painter from the mid 1960s but an early interest in photography was rekindled in 1980 and she began incorporating the medium into her practice. From this time her imagery critiqued colonial and Aboriginal political and environmental history, a theme that became even more pervasive in the post-Bicentennial 1990s. The words here represent the institutions and landmarks of European settlement: they should be read as tombstones for a lost era when people were more confident of their right to possess the land.