Charles GREENLyndell BROWN, Atlas Enlarge 1 /1

Charles GREEN

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1953

Lyndell BROWN

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1961

Atlas 2013 Place made: Victoria, Australia
Materials & Technique: photographs, oil on digital print Support: Duraclear
Edition: Unique

Edition Notes: From an email from Charles Green to Shaune Lakin, 5 August 2016: The Beato Edo Geisha with Shamisen was photogarphed by Green and Brown in NYC. 'We photographed an original at the New York Public Library in 2004. Spent several days there looking at and photographing the original albums.' 'The right is a page from Aby Warburg, Mnemosyne Atlas (1929) page, a collection of photos of paintings and etchings, that we photographed when we spent a day at the Warburg Institute going through boxes of photos in 2003. Left, instead of the LHS of the Warburg photo we substituted a page from an India Today magazine from late 1984 from a news report on the reopening of the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1984, a few months after it was almost demolished when the Indian Army took it back from Sikh terrorists/fundamentalists who had taken it over as part of an armed insurrection that year. I was trapped in a town nearby for three months while the fighting raged ( I was safe, but getting out was difficult). The Golden Temple is an immensely holy shrine, and the photo depicts Sikh women climbing up to peer in windows to see the restoration of the holiest shrine. Same scene above that, same page from the magazine. Very moving image.'
Dimensions: framed 111.0 h x 114.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2016
Accession No: NGA 2016.484
  • Purchased 2016

Brown and Green have worked together for almost thirty years, producing photographs and paintings in a personal and professional partnership. Their work has consistently engaged with what they call 'the constructed world of memory'-our collective account of culture and history, one informed by and embedded in an archive of pictorial 'ghosts' from the past. Their archive involves fragments and images drawn from art history, popular culture, ethnographic and scientific inquiry and reportage. For Brown and Green, these half-remembered images bear witness to the survival of the past in the present.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra