‘My work attempts to highlight the mistakes, mistranslations and loss of knowledge in the social documentation of Kaurna culture by European colonists.’
Kaurna artist JAMES TYLOR uses the historical 19th century photographic process of the Becquerel daguerreotype with the aid of modern technology to create contemporary images that re-contextualise the representation of Australian society and history. Photography was historically used to document First Nations Peoples and the European colonisation of Australia.
Here, James takes us through the process of creating The Darkness of Enlightenment, his new series of daguerreotypes for Ceremony that explores 19th century European recordings of Kaurna language and culture during the British colonisation of the Kaurna nation in South Australia.
See James Tylor's series of daguerreotypes on display in the 4th National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony 26 Mar – 31 Jul 2022.