Brenda CROFT

Gurindji/Malgnin/Mutpurra peoples

Perth, Western Australia, Australia born 1964

Michael Watson in Redfern on the Long March of Freedom, Justice and Hope, Invasion Day, 26 January 1988 1988 Place made: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph Support: white matt Agfa photographic paper

Primary Insc: No inscriptions
Dimensions: printed image 50.4 h x 36.2 w cm sheet 50.4 h x 40.5 w cm
Acknowledgement: KODAK (Australasia) PTY LTD Fund, 1988
Accession No: NGA 89.274
Image rights: © Brenda L. Croft. Licensed by Viscopy
  • A year of incredible protest action commenced at 12.01 am on 1 January 1988. Radio Redfern (Aboriginal Radio), where Michael Watson and I worked, began broadcasting 24 hours a day, instead of a few hours each week. This community action was taken in support of Aboriginal history, rights and recognition against the onslaught of ‘celebration of a nation’ that was purportedly ‘only 200 years young’—that is 200 years of European settlement. Slogans such as ‘White Australia has a Black history’, ‘Treaty ’88’, ‘Cook Who, Cuck-oo’ were supported by huge protest marches in cities and towns around the country.

    Radio Redfern became the hub and heart of protest action in Sydney during the lead-up to Australia Day—better known to Indigenous people and their supporters as Invasion Day—26 January. The day dawned with great anticipation with tens of thousands of people having come to Sydney for the march. In between recording interviews with protest marchers for Radio Redfern, I took photographs with my trusty old Nikon SLR camera. I ran into Michael on the march to the city. The image was not staged, I just asked Michael if I could take his photograph, as a friend and as a proud Aboriginal man solidly standing his ground. It was very quick, he turned to face me, raised his arms with no direction from me and I pressed the shutter. That was it, and I was off up the road taking more pictures and interviewing people. I love the image for Michael’s stance and his slight smile, his thonged feet against the backdrop of truncated torsos of white residents on their verandahs watching the passing parade of thousands chanting ‘What do we want?’ ‘Land rights!’ ‘When do we want them?’ ‘Now!’

    Brenda L Croft 2010

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010
    From: Franchesca Cubillo and Wally Caruana (eds) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art: collection highlights National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 2010

  • 布伦达·L·克罗夫特 (Brenda L. CROFT)
    《红蕨电台记者迈克尔·沃森报道自由长征、正义与希望、入侵日》(Michael Watson in Redfern on the Long March of Freedom, Justice and Hope, Invasion Day)
    印刷版图形50.4(高) x 36.2(宽) 厘米
    纸张50.4(高) x 40.5(宽) 厘米
    收录号:NGA 89.274

    1988年1月1日凌晨12.01分开始的抗议行动,不可思议地持续了1年时间。迈克尔·沃森(Michael Watson)和我共事的红蕨电台(土著人电台)开始一天二十四小时的报道,而不是之前的一周几个小时。这一社区行动声援土著人的历史、权利和认同,抵制来自据称‘只有200岁’的‘国家庆典’,即200年的欧洲殖民地的冲击。‘白人澳大利亚有黑人历史’,‘88条约’,‘Cook Who, Cuck-oo’等口号在澳大利亚各大城镇得到了大型抗议游行队伍的响应。

    1月26日是澳大利亚国庆日,而对于土著人及其支持者来说,入侵日更为人熟知,之前的一段日子,红蕨电台成了悉尼抗议行动的中心。每天清晨,预期有成千上万的民众涌入悉尼参加游行。为红蕨电台对抗议游行者进行录音采访间隙,我使用性能可靠的Nikon SLR相机拍照。跟随游行队伍进城的路上我碰上了迈克尔。直播还没有开始,我只是问迈克尔是否可以给他拍一张照片,因为他是我的朋友,也是一个立场坚定、自豪的土著人。很快,他转身面对着我,没有我的指示就举起手臂,我按下了快门。仅此而已,我动身沿途而上,拍了更多照片,采访了更多人。迈克尔的姿势、浅浅的微笑和脚踏的拖鞋都让我对这张照片喜爱有加,背景里,只拍到了下半身的白人居民站在自家走廊上,观看通过的游行队伍,千万名游行者齐声高呼‘我们想要什么?’‘土地权!’‘我们啥时想要?’‘现在!’

    Brenda L Croft 2010
    布伦达·L·克罗夫特 2010年

    Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra