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Exploded View

Catherine Evans

15.07.2021 - 14.08.2021

Prompted by her own experience and digital media narratives of the event, Evans investigates our collective memory of the implosion of Royal Canberra Hospital, carried out in 1997 to make way for the National Museum of Australia.

Using a flatbed scanner, Evans manipulated screenshots from a VHS recording of the implosion (available on YouTube), then created digital negatives and contact printed them in the darkroom. The resulting works interrupt the evidential nature of the original recording, contesting its status as a singular account of the implosion and opening up recognition of how the event catalysed multiple, non-linear loops of memory and layers of meaning.

Catherine Evans, Exploded View, Detail

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