The Camouflage Act

Bolatagici, Torika 2018, The Camouflage Act, C3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, Victoria, 2018/01/31 - 2018/02/25, Melbourne, Victoria, C3 Contemporary Art Space.

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Title The Camouflage Act
Creator(s) Bolatagici, TorikaORCID iD for Bolatagici, Torika
Conference, exhibition or event name The Camouflage Act. Exhibition (2018 : Melbourne, Victoria)
Conference, exhibition or event location C3 Contemporary Art Space, Melbourne, Victoria
Conference, exhibition or event dates 2018/01/31 - 2018/02/25
Publication date 2018
Description of resource Solo exhibition
Publisher C3 Contemporary Art Space
Place of publication Melbourne, Victoria
Keyword(s) caribbean
post-colonial identity
Summary This body of work was created in Barbados during an Australia Council funded residency in 2016. The photographic series brings together photographic portraits, landscapes and video works that explore the legacy of British colonisation, slavery and notions of belonging. In Barbadian law ‘The Camouflage Act’ forbids civilians from wearing any camouflage clothing. The law, which is enforced by the police, reflects broader notions of the visibility and invisibility of power in Barbados. Considered to be the first British plantation experiment, Barbados’ rich and complex history is a mix of colonialism, African slavery, Anglo indentured servitude and the myth of absent indigenous Amerindians. Like the population, the flora and fauna are predominantly explanted, with only one gully on the island containing indigenous plant life. These digital and analogue photographs and video works explore the politics of space, displacement, identity and belonging in Barbados where the traces of empire are palpable. Each of the Barbadian women pictured helped me to understand their relationship to the land and their positioning within the contested space of island culture, defying the stereotype of a utopian paradise. This body of work extends Bolatagici’s interest in centering marginalised identities through the visual exploration of counter-narrative.
Notes Solo exhibition included 16 new photographic works and 2 new video works.
Language eng
Field of Research 190503 Lens-Based Practice
Socio Economic Objective 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft)
HERDC Research category J2 Minor original creative works
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