Cage of Ghosts

Photographs by Jon Rhodes

27 September – 25 November 2007

Cage of Ghosts, curated by Jon Rhodes, one of Australia’s most important documentary photographers, consists of 36 sets of powerful b&w photographs that document the surviving physical evidence of Aboriginal occupation of southeast Australia.

Scarred trees in the front gardens of suburban Canberra; rock engraving sites across Sydney; ceremonial places next to golf courses, houses and roads; carved trees placed in NSW schools and museums; and painted caves in the Grampians protected from vandalism, are a statement about what our modern society, in its desire to preserve Aboriginal cultural places, has created. In attempting to preserve the sites, some have become ‘caged’, by metal or wooden frames for protection, several have been moved and others co-exist with other public spaces, but in all instances changes in appearance, context and meaning have occurred. Rhodes’ evocative and provocative images serve to challenge existing ideas and inspire new ways of thinking.

NOTE: All images are in high resolution JPEG format approximately A4 @ 300dpi

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The Caged Carved Trees of Collymongle
Gamilaraay
Collarenebri, NSW, 1986-1999
Carved trees – series of 11 photographs

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The Caged Carved Trees of Collymongle
Gamilaraay
Collarenebri, NSW, 1986-1999
Carved trees – series of 11 photographs

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Cage of Ghosts
Djabwurrung
Mt Stayplton, Victoria, 2001
Cave paintings – series of 8 photographs

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‘A most useful native’
Wiradjuri
Molong, NSW, 2001
Grave and carved trees – series of 9 photographs

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Industrial Grinding
Wiradjuri
Terramungamine and Dubbo, NSW, 2001-2003
Grinding Grooves – series of 9 photographs

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The Spook Tree
Ngambri
Wanniassa, ACT, 1998
Scarred tree – series of 6 photographs

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Bennelong at Grotto Point
Kuringgai
Grotto Point, NSW, 2002
Rock engravings – series of 7 photographs and watercolour painting by the Port Jackson Painter (reproduced in black and white)

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Many Eagles fighting for their Country
Yugambeh
Burleigh, Queensland, 2004
Bora ground – series of 9 photographs

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Sainsbury Street
Ngambri
Wanniassa, ACT, 1998
Scarred Tree – series of 6 photographs

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Cars and Scars
Ngambri
Wanniassa, ACT, 1998
Scarred tree – sequence of 12 photographs

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And the Trees grew up Dancing
Gamilaraay
Boonal Bridge, NSW, 2004
Sequence of 5 photographs

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