We are excited to present Michael Cook's seminal early series, Undiscovered, at the Investec Cape Town Art Fair.
Undiscovered is a series of ten photographs reflecting upon European settlement in Australia. The images seek to address the ongoing effects of colonisation through the depiction of Indigenous culture. This is no doubt evidenced in imagery where an 'Aboriginal man is accompanied by native animals, a tall ship appearing on the horizon and a Tasmanian Devil standing on the lonely shoreline as a British ag lies on the sand.'
Through the manipulation of photography, Michael Cook looks at the so-called discovery of Australia and its consequent representation in history. These works are produced from the artist's own desire to explore and engage with his Aboriginal ancestry. 'Positioning himself in a dialogue between the historic and the merely possible, Cook revisits then restages the annals of Australian history since Federation,' and in doing so, creates a narrative that follows the effects on Aboriginal life and culture.