DISPERSAL

Series of reproduced acrylic painted photographs / 30 x 44,81 cm / 2009

Police officer William Henry Willshire was in charge of the native police. A group of aborigines trained and put together to better control the Alice Springs area in 1884. This troop operated ruthlessly against the Aborigines and before the end of the year more than a dozen had been killed.
Willshire believed strongly in ‘dispersing the natives’ which meant shooting them.
The black paint covers the photographs, just the executioners and their utensils are kept visible. It is clear that something awful is going on inside this part of the pictures.