Im Hai Mulaga (from 'Mulaga Gudjerie' series)

Darren SIWES: artist

Not On Display

About the work

The two photographs are from the artist’s 2013 series, Mulaga Gudgerie, which features the Queen and Prince of Australia dressed up ‘to the nines’ in their Royal garb. The uncovered flesh of their bodies is caked with white theatre paint, creating unreal figures that appear like waxworks. The photographs are not about beauty and the painted colour of each actor’s skin is not meant to appear to be natural. Darren Siwes asks, ‘if we accept Aboriginal people as kings and queens would we then accept the things they do as just and enlightened – the same way society does for the elite? Or would they still be gazed upon with suspicion’. By creating discomfort, Siwes gives us an opportunity to build new ideas and dialogues that make us look anew at ourselves, and at the structures placed around us.
Im Hai Mulaga (from 'Mulaga Gudjerie' series)
Artist/Maker and role
Darren SIWES: artist
giclee print on Kodak lustre paper
120.0 x 100.0 cm (framed)
Production place
Adelaide, South Australia
Credit line
Purchased 2013
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession number

This is one of the photographs in our collection.