Maree Clarke (AU)

Uncle Jack Charles (Men in Mourning)

Image: Maree Clarke, [Uncle Jack Charles (Men in Mourning)], from the [Ritual and Ceremony] series, 2012.

Image: Maree Clarke, Uncle Jack Charles (Men in Mourning), from the Ritual and Ceremony series, 2012.




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Mourning is an important ritual and ceremony, with all cultures having ways of expressing and showing loss of kin, land, language and cultural practices. This work by First Nations artist Maree Clarke is an expression of Indigenous loss.

As part of the Ritual and Ceremony series, Uncle Jack Charles (Men in Mourning) shows venerated elder, artist, actor, musician, activist and Stolen Generation survivor Uncle Jack Charles in the white ochre of traditional mourning and a shirt bearing the scarification marks of bereavement. Like her people, Clarke’s portrait of Uncle Jack stands strong in expressing resilience in the face of loss and a tenacious celebration of survival.

Presented by Photo Australia and the Metro Tunnel Creative Program for PHOTO 2021

On display from 18 February 2021

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