In this exhibition of provocative large scale photographs, celebrated photographer Michael Cook, from the Bidjara people in south-west Queensland, subverts the gaze from the shore.
‘Coming up and going back with the wind at its rear, like a sand crab, the sea carries the ship here. Why?’
The exhibition opens with a story passed down through generations of Badtjala people recording a first encounter with another Cook―Lieutenant James Cook on the ship Endeavour as it sailed along the coast of Fraser Island. The art works ask us to consider how Australian history might have been different if explorers and settlers had ‘seen through the eyes of the Aboriginal people’. Each image is set on the shore line―the place where black and white first encountered each other― and capture an Aboriginal man role-switching with his colonisers.
Undiscovered questions who really discovered Australia while referencing what was always here, what has been introduced, and the impact this had on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM TRAVELLING EXHIBITION
This exhibition is supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.