Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1948
Expulsion of Eve [No.1] 1978 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph, ink, pencil, decal lettering gelatin silver photograph
Breninger's Expulsion of Eve involves the repetition of the same portrait of an 11-year-old girl that has been, in the artist's terms, 'dismantled' across fifteen photographs. The selection of the image itself was somewhat arbitrary: 'I chose a single negative from the thousands that lie tangled like seaweed in my drawers'. The artist intended this work to be a direct challenge to the way photography was understood-as a privileged record of the world with the capacity to communicate and inform-and to the ways in which photographic images were consumed. Breninger presents a random, tiny fragment of the world from which he has attempted, as he wrote in 1978, 'to extract and declare the richness contained in it'.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra