Ordinary objects or the tools and spoils of colonisation?
Simryn Gill's Forking tongues, seen here being installed in Part Two of Know My Name: Australian Women Artists 1900 to Now, is a large scale installation work comprised of hundreds of elements. The work considers histories of colonisation, control and civility. Chillies were introduced to South-East Asia by the Portuguese in the 16th century, and silver-plated cutlery, disseminated throughout Africa, Asia and the Pacific region by the English. The objects are arranged in a vast spiral that suggests movement, mutation and infinite change.
Opening Acknowledgment of Country
The National Gallery acknowledges the First Peoples of this land and recognises their continuous connection to culture, community and Country