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Port Arthur

Rodney Pople
Oil & archival pigment on linen • 90 × 134 cm

It’s a place occupied by the ghosts of past events —the violent displacement of the Pydairrerme people and the incarceration of Britain’s reprobate convicts. The vision of romantic sandstone ruins serves to soften the wounds of the site’s dark past. Those wounds were brutally re-opened with the 1996 massacre of 35 people by Martin Bryant, adding another layer of anguish to this damaged landscape.