Fiona Macdonald

Mob #31, 1993
woven sepia photo reprints
71.5 x 61.0 cm
signed, dated and inscribed with title (on the reverse)


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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

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Fiona Macdonald is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture and director of the Graduate Theory Program at Monash University, Melbourne. Her work draws on local cultural traditions, social and natural history.

Macdonald has held solo exhibitions and screenings at the Musem of Contemporary Art, Sydney, 2004; Australian Centre for the Moving Image, Melbourne, 2003; Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery, 1998; Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne in 1994 and 1990; and, at Gertrude Contemporary Artspaces and Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane in 1988; in the same year her video work was included in ISEA, Utrecht and Arts Electronic, Holland.