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aboriginal, australian, cube, design, found images, installation, international, parody, postcards, print, replication, units

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18 Lives in Paradise

ArtistBrook Andrew
Production Date2011
Mediumcolour lithography on cardboard
Size500 x 500 x 500 mm
DepartmentInternational Art
Subjectsphotographic postcards, boxes (containers)
Accession Date27 Sep 2011
Accession NoC2011/1/33.1-5
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 2011


"The basic unit used in 18 Lives in Paradise is a cardboard printed box 50 x 50 x 50 cm. The boxes are the building blocks for a sculpture, wall or any other structure. The box is also a parody of the courier box - those containers daily transported around the globe in the vast movement of lives and identities today. What was thought of as fixed may not be so. The images are sourced from postcards. The postcards range from the early to mid-twentieth century and form part of a worldwide curiosity in indigenous people, circus acts and personalities, environment and resources ... The images come together as an assemblage of 'freaks' and represent the collision paths of indigenous and non-indigenous cultures; those being documented out of curiosity and those belonging to dominant cultures who have used the land and its people for entertainment and wealth. 18 Lives in Paradise can form a column or wall. It can be a barrier, a beacon or epitaph. En masse, the boxes are a symbol of many lives whose identities are sometimes twisted for the gaze of the curious world." Brook Andrew 2011