Josh Prouse

Artefact derived from the waste of a bastardised nation - the cutthroat history of this island’s past.

 

The ‘last’ Tasmanian Indigenous man, William ‘King Billy’ Lanne, lays on the autopsy table, succumbing to a white disease brought here by the colonial invaders. The year is 1869 - a mere 60 years after the illegal occupation of this land. The attempted genocide is almost complete, although, in truth, we survive. William Lanne’s skull is forcibly removed from his body, to be replaced with a white mans skull. Later, his feet and hands are stolen after burial. A fractured man for a fractured land. Torn apart and divided, as is this land by the wire fences that choke it.

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