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    Lithograph, printed from three stones, in red ochre, blue, and black ink, woodcut, printed in black ink, from one block of paper. "Daniel Boyd’s print reflects on the service of his great great grandfather during the First World War. William Bert

    Brown enlisted in July 1917 at the age of 18 from the Barambah-Cherbourg Mission and was sent to Egypt in January

    1918 to join the 11th Australian Light Horse Regiment. The 11th had over 30 Aboriginals making it unique in the First

    A.I.F. as having the most Indigenous Australians serving in one unit. Boyd researched his grandfather’s records at the

    Memorial and discovered the art works of Otho Hewett who sketched many of the battlefields and places the 11th

    had served in Egypt. Boyd used one of Hewett’s panoramic drawings of Magdhaba to trace his visual history back to

    his Grandfather and a place he had traversed. He then placed a woodcut of dots or ‘lenses’ over this image creating

    an abstract or figurative image depending on your distance from the work when viewing. These ‘lenses’ create small

    viewing apertures into the scene below reflecting how we choose to sometimes view certain aspects of history and

    how it can be obscured and blurred over time, ‘representing a different perspective and point of view to the same

    situation at different times’, and through memory." - Australian War Memorial

  • Other Id

    4111 (Presto content ID)

    PD-2019-9-1 (Reference Number)

    PD-2019-9-1 (accession number)

    ACQ-2018-41 (Acquisition number)

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  • Physical Description

    560 x 760mm on Rives BFK paper

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  • Provenance Details
    All of the printmaking was carried out at the Megalo Studio in Canberra between May 2014 and June 2015, under the technical oversight of printmaker John Loane.
    The prints exist in an edition of 20, the others having been distributed to similar cultural institutions. This set was offered as a gift to Auckland Museum by the Australian War Memorial in 2018.
  • Public Access Text

    Edition of 20

    [Keywords: Indigenous Australians, Aboriginal, Barambah-Cherbourg Mission, 11th Australian Light Horse Regiment]

  • Subject Notes
    Artist's bio:
    "Daniel Boyd is a Kudjla/Gangalu man from far north Queensland. He left Cairns to study at the Canberra School of Art
    and now resides in Sydney. Boyd’s work reinterprets Eurocentric perspectives on Australian history using
    photographs, art-historical references and his own personal and cultural history. More recent work employs veils of
    transparent dots to explore effects of time and memory on the interpretation of history and objects as partial and
    incomplete. Boyd was included in the 7th AsiaPacific Triennial, QAGOMA in 2012 and Culture warriors: National
    Indigenous Art Triennial, NGA in 2007. In 2014 he was awarded the $80,000 Bulgari Art Prize administered by
    AGNSW and was included in the 2015 56th Venice Biennale exhibition All the world’s futures curated by Okwui." - Australian War Memorial
  • Copyright
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  • Last Update
    20 Jun 2023
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