Mori Gallery, Sydney
Acquired from the above
Fiona Macdonald, Mori Gallery, 1993
In a review of the 1993 exhibition at Mori Gallery, Felicity Fenner writes:
'The project continues the artist's interest in the machinations of history-making, drawing largely on found documentation and anecdote.... Researched in Rockhampton, Queensland, the characters in the portrait photographs Macdonald sources were all an inherent part of the goldmining boom that put Rockhampton on the map and fed the pockets of interstate industrialists....
In the image, Macdonald fuses the very different histories of two individuals or social groups (white man/black man, land owners/labourers), slicing re-photographed portraits into thin strips and weaving them back into a single image, putting the invisible underclass into the picture by restitching the very fabric of history". (F Fenner, 'Weaving black and white histories', 'Sydney Morning Herald', 15 January 1994, Spectrum, p.11A