Art Rotterdam 2020

Solo presentation Patrick Waterhouse

Thursday 6 February 2020 - Sunday 9 February 2020

'Restricted Images'
Made with the Warlpiri of Central Australia

The publication in 1899 of The Native Tribes of Central Australia caused a sensation in Europe. The book’s authors, telegraph-station master Francis J. Gillen and ethnologist W. Baldwin Spencer, had written in depth about the customs and traditions of the Aboriginal groups living near Alice Springs and also illustrated their texts with 119 photographs, many of which captured rituals and ceremonies. While the subject, quality and quantity of the images set a new standard for anthropological photography, the authors were largely oblivious to the impact they would have on the lives of the Aboriginals. The pictures revealed the gap in knowledge between the authors, whose goal was showing the exotic natives “in their natural state”, and the subjects, who were completely unaware of the new medium and how it could invade their privacy or reveal their secrets to a wider audience. Unwittingly or not, the authors also infringed upon Aboriginal cultural protocols by showing sacred sites and the dead.

Attitudes have changed since Gillen and Baldwin Spencer first ventured in the Central Desert with a camera and institutions have taken extensive measures to ensure that cultural sensitivity is respected. Today, photography within Aboriginal communities is limited and historical images are often “restricted”. Over the past four years, Patrick Waterhouse has taken photographs in the Yeundumu and Nyirrpi Aboriginal communities, and in the surrounding Warlpiri country. After making prints, he returned to Central Australia to work with artists and other members of those same communities at the Warlukurlangu Art Centre, so they could restrict and amend his photographs through the process of painting.

Waterhouse’s work has been exhibited internationally in institutions including FotoMuseum, Antwerpen (2019); Albuquerque Museum, Albuquerque (2018); Kunsthal, Rotterdam (2017); The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (2016); National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C (2015); The Photographers’ Gallery, London (2015); The National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh (2014); Le Bal, Paris (2014); Biennale de Lubumbashi, DR Congo (2013); The International Center of Photography Triennial, New York (2013); Liverpool Biennial, Liverpool (2012); The Museum für Gestaltung, Zürich (2011) and South African National Gallery, Cape Town (2010). His work is held in major public and private collections including Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Centre Pompidou, Paris; The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C and The Walther Collection, Neu-Ulm, Germany. Awards include the Discovery Award at Rencontres de la Photographie, Arles in 2011 and the Deutsche Borse Photography Prize in 2015 for Ponte City (with Mikhael Subotzky).

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Works

Art Rotterdam 2020 Art Rotterdam 2020 What's the Light Light Dark Dark Point Point Point / Restricted in workshop at Warlukurlangu Art Centre, 2014-2018 What's the Light Light Dark Dark Point Point Point / Restricted in workshop at Warlukurlangu Art Centre, 2014-2018 Front and Side Portraits, 2014 – 2018 Front and Side Portraits, 2014 – 2018 But This Land Is Ours. They Know That Too / Revised with Melissa Nungarrayi Larry, 2014 - 2018 But This Land Is Ours. They Know That Too / Revised with Melissa Nungarrayi Larry, 2014 - 2018 Nangala Waiting for Iguana / Restricted with Julie Nangala Robertson, 2014 - 2018 Nangala Waiting for Iguana / Restricted with Julie Nangala Robertson, 2014 - 2018 Peragalia Lagotis by John Gould / Revised with Jennifer Napaljarri Lewis, 2014 - 2018 Peragalia Lagotis by John Gould / Revised with Jennifer Napaljarri Lewis, 2014 - 2018 You Still Can't See The Aliens / Restricted with Sarah Napaljarri Sims, 2014 - 2018 You Still Can't See The Aliens / Restricted with Sarah Napaljarri Sims, 2014 - 2018 She Gone To Town / Restricted with Madeleine Napangardi Dixon, Melinda Napurrurla Wilson and Polly Anne Napangardi Dixon, 2014 - 2018 She Gone To Town / Restricted with Madeleine Napangardi Dixon, Melinda Napurrurla Wilson and Polly Anne Napangardi Dixon, 2014 - 2018 He Went That Way / Restricted with Angelina Nampijnpa Tasman, 2014 - 2018 He Went That Way / Restricted with Angelina Nampijnpa Tasman, 2014 - 2018 Her Dreaming / Revised with Chantelle Nampijnpa Robertson, 2014 - 2018 Her Dreaming / Revised with Chantelle Nampijnpa Robertson, 2014 - 2018 You Have To Get There Early Early / Restricted with Athena Nangala Granites, 2014 - 2018 You Have To Get There Early Early / Restricted with Athena Nangala Granites, 2014 - 2018 Let's Go Back To Mining / Restricted with Dorothy Napurrurla Dickson, 2014 - 2018 Let's Go Back To Mining / Restricted with Dorothy Napurrurla Dickson, 2014 - 2018 Nephew Nephew / Restricted with Pauline Nampijinpa Singleton, 2014-2018 Nephew Nephew / Restricted with Pauline Nampijinpa Singleton, 2014-2018 Hip-Hop Gospel and Tanami / Restricted with Athena Nangala Granites, 2014 - 2018 Hip-Hop Gospel and Tanami / Restricted with Athena Nangala Granites, 2014 - 2018 Union Jack Flag / Revised with Marlene Nakamarra Morton, 2014 - 2018 Union Jack Flag / Revised with Marlene Nakamarra Morton, 2014 - 2018 Which Way? / Restricted with Jessica Napanangka Lewis, 2014 - 2018 Which Way? / Restricted with Jessica Napanangka Lewis, 2014 - 2018 Satellite Image of Tropical Cyclone Paul Hitting Northern Territory in 2010 (Two) / Restricted with Athena Nangala Granites, 2016 - 2017 Satellite Image of Tropical Cyclone Paul Hitting Northern Territory in 2010 (Two) / Restricted with Athena Nangala Granites, 2016 - 2017