Destiny Deacon | Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander, Ku'a Ku'a & Erub/Mer people | Australia 1957 | Baby love (from 'Forced into images' portfolio) 2001 | Bubble jet print from polaroid photograph on paper | Purchased 2004. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation | Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | © Destiny Deacon, 2001. Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney 2004.
Kuku & Erub/Mer language groups
Forced into images (portfolio) (detail) 2001
10 bubble jet prints from polaroid photographs on paper
1 of 10 sheets: 95 x 77cm
Collection: Queensland Art Gallery
© Destiny Deacon, 2001. Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney 2004.
Forced into images 2001
Destiny Deacon's art revolves around her house, its everyday objects and a common shared domestic life. Made in the confines of her studio home, Deacon's photographs record a form of grim but witty Indigenous soap opera.
This seemingly exotic work is rooted in the racial politics of a postcolonial society. Commonly touched, hugged, handled and used objects represent concepts and more than just simple emotional tools.
The Forced into images 2001 portfolio borrows its title from the words of African–American poet Alice Walker, 'I see our brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers, captured and forced into images, doing hard time for all of us'.
The photographs map out the semi-autobiographical story of the life of a young Indigenous girl from birth to adulthood and independence, set against a dark background of domestic violence against women.