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The Desires of Mute Things
HD video installation and objects
14:10 mins


This work was originally commissioned by the Salamanca Arts Centre as part of the exhibition 'Colonial Afterlives'
Curated by Sarah Thomas


We want to see suffering, serenity, humour, when we know nothing. Colonisers of the world, we want everything to speak to us: the beast, the dead, the statues. And these statues are mute. They have mouths and don’t speak. They have eyes and don’t see us.
Chris Marker and Alain Resnais, Les statues meurent aussi (Statues also die) 1953

The Desires of Mute Things
responds to the colonial collection of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. It draws a vague outline around a network of contentious and often problematic representations of people and place. A drifting eye lingers on objects and spaces within the museum (both public and hidden) while an anonymous voice follows a train of thought that is prompted by the objects, spaces and people it encounters along the way.