Bernard Appassamy
 
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Broken Hill (work in progress)

Statement
These ceramic shards were excavated from the Council rubbish tip of Broken Hill by so-called 'dump diggers', and pre-date the 1924 closure of the tip at a time when the mining and population peaked.

The shard-relics speak of the crockery used by the miners and their families, and shed light on more than 800 accidental mining deaths and the resulting birth of the trade union movement. The macro photography subverts notions of scale as the shards stand as megaliths of Broken Hill’s outback landscape and aesthetic.