For the past 7 years, Patrick Waterhouse has been collecting maps, photographs, flags and other documents to create an extensive archive of colonial representations of Australia from 1770 to the present day. In 2015, he took this archive to the Central desert of Australia and began working with local Warlpiri artists at the Warlukurlangu Art Center. During his time there, Waterhouse also took photographs in the communities. The local artists appropriated both the historical collection and his photographs by using the traditional Aboriginal technique of dot painting. In doing so they revised their own representation.
The exhibition Restricted Images brings together these artworks for the first time and thereby provides a new reading of Australia’s colonial and indigenous history.
The photobook Restricted Images is published by SPBH Editions (Self Publish Be Happy).
Curator: Joachim Naudts
Image: Looking for Honey Ants, restricted with Julia Nangala Robertson from Restricted images made with the Warlpiri from Central Australia - Patrick Waterhouse.