Gordon Bennett

I Too Am an Apostle of Silence

1993

In Tate Modern

Level 3: A Year in Art: Australia 1992

Level 3: A Year in Art: Australia 1992
Artist
Gordon Bennett 1955–2014
Medium
Etching on paper
Dimensions
Image: 295 × 198 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Leanne and Caitlin Bennett in memory of and admiration for Gordon Bennett 2019
Reference
P15028

Display caption

This etching is based on the initial sketch for a 1992 installation Bennett titled Self Portrait (Heritage). It resembles a museum cabinet with ‘specimens’ in glass jars. Each jar contains the silhouette of an Aboriginal person. By portraying Aboriginal people and implicitly including himself as ‘specimens’, Bennett queries the classification systems of anthropology and biology. These were used by European institutions to justify racism with pseudo-scientific theories. For Bennett, they present ‘Aboriginal cultures... frozen into “authentic” and its opposite (inauthentic, creole etc)...’

Gallery label, July 2021

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