Bernard Appassamy
 
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Broken Hill (work in progress)

Statement
These pottery shards were excavated from Broken Hill’s Council rubbish tip by so-called 'dump diggers'. They pre-date the closure of the tip in 1924, when the mining and population peaked.

The shard-relics speak of an imported culture — crockery used by the miners and their families, and their shared human experience on an unfamiliar soil. They also shed light on more than 800 accidental mining deaths and the resulting birth of the trade union movement.

The cracked glazes and earthenware edges echo the raw aesthetic of the outback. The macro photography subverts notions of scale and domestic intimacy, with the shards standing as megaliths in Broken Hill’s landscape.