Melbourne, Victoria, Australia born 1948

Expulsion of Eve [No.6] 1978 Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph, ink, decal lettering gelatin silver photograph

Dimensions: printed image 47.2 h x 35.2 w cm sheet 49.8 h x 37.0 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of the Philip Morris Arts Grant 1982
Accession No: NGA 83.2131.6
  • 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