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Created for the exhibition Under the sun: Reimagining Max Dupain's Sunbaker, this video is a small selection of digital images sourced from the internet and newspapers that reinterpret Max Dupain's iconic image.
Khaled Sabsabi has recreated the negative of the Sunbaker by subverting and reframing the image, playing with the essential codes of the photographic medium. Sabsabi has multiplied, hand-painted and digitally animated the photograph to make it resonates loudly as a symbol of the 229 years since colonisation.
Exploring the ambivalence of the pose and transposing this contradiction to now, Rrap draws attention to the paradox of a nation seen as a sun-blessed paradise while its shores have been a place of contestation and misery.
Sara Oscar draws connections between the present and the past. Interested in how time changes the meaning of images, her practice is drawn to allegory and metaphor.
Homeland Security is inspired by Dupain’s involvement in the Department of Home Security during the Second World War as part of the Sydney Camouflage Group.
William Yang draws from his extensive archive of images, memories and sensual experiences to recount the unique atmosphere of freedom that prevailed on Sydney beaches in the 70s, 80s and 90s.
With Dark Light, Angela Tiatia inverts every element of the Sunbaker to reconfigure its exact opposite. The sensual tension created by this process forces us to re-examine the familiar.
Nasim Nasr’s multimedia practice explores the cultural differences between East and West, looking at the complex identities that exist at their nexus.
Artist Michaela Gleave highlights the complexity of colonial history and the ambivalence of representing identity in her new work 'Under One Sun'.