Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Pia Larsen

9 April - 8 May      Their Loss is Our Loss

The installation titled, Their Loss is Our Loss, brings together a human form in ‘Indigenous poppies’ alongside an Indigenous honour roll, (first exhibited at the Damien Minton Gallery in Redfern as part of The Coloured Digger II exhibition). 

Pia Larsen. Their Loss is Our Loss. Copper, acrylic paint, paper + pins
The work draws on Australia’s long and powerful indigenous history, and its engagement with more recent white history. The exhibition has been timed to coincide with ANZAC Day, a National Day to commemorate sacrifice. 

The Indigenous honour roll titled, He came and joined the colours, mixes ‘Indigenous Poppies,’ created with the colours of the Australian Aboriginal Flag, designed in 1971 by Harold Thomas, and ‘National Poppies’ using the colours and symbols from Australia’s National flag. It honours the sacrifice and patriotism of Indigenous soldiers and personnel, with particular reference to 2nd World War Sapper Bert Beros’s poem, ‘The Coloured Digger’. 

I was granted permission to use the colours of the Australian Aboriginal Flag. 


Pia Larsen during the installation.

Pia Larsen