Tasmania (Australia) was inhabited for an estimated 40,000 years by the Tasmanian Aborigines. The British invasion in 1803 and the subsequent conflicts and eventual war which ensued obliterated almost the entire Indigenous population in under 30 years.

This photographic series focuses on the little known massacre sites throughout Tasmania to examine the notion of deliberate historical forgetting. The work acknowledges the violence that occurred, and reflects on loss, historical memory and national denial.

Portraits of Indigenous Tasmanians attest to the survival of bloodlines and identity, and the pairing of landscapes demonstrates attachment to place.

The images use overlaid and scratched positive film, combined with paintings and photograms of found materials, to depict the covering up and distortion of history. The photographic slides are painted with ochre and then physically scratched to uncover diverse truths and perspectives of the past.

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