James Tylor: DeCookolisation - Art Collector

© James Tylor, Te Aoraki, Aotearoa (Mount Cook, New Zealand) 2015. Becquerel Daguerreotype. Courtesy: the artist and STILLS Gallery, Paddington

James Tylor uses daguerreotype and wet plate photographic processes to explore complex issues of identity and cultural representation.
In his latest series, DeCookolisation, Tylor uses the Becquerel Daguerreotype to depict places in the South Pacific that were named, by the British, in honour of Capitan James Cook.
Using indigenous place names in his artwork titles, however, and finding landscape photographs instead of taking his own, Tylor challenges Cook’s reputation as a heroic ‘discoverer’. Since Aboriginal Australians and Pacific Islanders had been landowners for hundreds or thousands of years before Cook, Tylor suggests that the reality of his fame isn’t one of discovery, but of claiming them for the British Empire.

Opening: 6pm-8pm,Wednesday 6 May 2015
Exhibition closes: 6 June 2015
Location: Stills Gallery, 36 Gosbell Street, Paddington NSW 2027
Contact: 02 9331 7775
Email: info@stillsgallery.com.au

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