Comprising ten prints, each sized 50x50cm, The Forgotten Wars – Series II explores concepts of mapping, conflict and colonialism, and is a continuing theme by the award-winning, South Australian trained artists.
‘The series focuses on the Black War in Tasmania between the 1820s and 1832. The works investigate ‘The Black Line’ – the largest force ever assembled against Aboriginal people in Australia,’ says James Tylor.
The photographs of Tasmanian rural landscapes taken by Tylor have been overlaid with coloured pencil drawings by Wills. Her images are influenced by historical illustrations, survey maps and other chronicles of colonial war.
James Tylor’s photography examines concepts around cultural identity in Australian contemporary society and social history. Tylor’s work focuses largely on the 19th century history of Australia and its continual effect on present day issues surrounding cultural identity.
Artist Laura Wills has a multidisciplinary practice. She explores social and environmental themes using found materials, collaborative processes and site-specific ephemeral projects.
In bringing their practices together for this series, the artists invite a deeper dialogue between the present and the past and help ‘decolonise’ mainstream narratives of Australian history.