Adelaide, South Australia, Australia born 1968
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Materials & Technique: photographs, Giclee print on Kodak lustre paper
Siwes focuses on issues of identity, Country, history and politics through re-enacting scenes, self-positioning and retelling the Aboriginal experience in a historical context. These works, from the Mulaga Gudjerie (man and woman) series, relate to a story told in Aboriginal circles around the Northern Territory about two Aboriginal children (Barbara and Jimmy) who were born to David Anthony, also known as Tony Chisholm and an unnamed Aboriginal woman from Alice Springs. Tony is rumoured to be the illegitimate child of a Sydney socialite, Miss Mollee Little (also known as Sheila Chisholm) and the Prince of Wales (the future Edward VIII) following a brief dalliance in Sydney in the 1920s. As there were no definitive tests carried out, it will forever remain an urban legend. The images reflect Siwes's tongue-in-cheek sense of humour. Many thoughts are conjured up when viewing the submissive Aboriginal man and woman standing in the corner of the room, possibly the grandchildren of future king Edward VIII.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra