Thomas Sheard, The Arab Blacksmith, (c.1900), and Juan Ford, Inappropriator, (2018). Courtesy The Sydney Morning Herald. Photo: Ian Hill Photography.
When artist Gabrielle De Vietri was asked to respond to Thomas Kennington's Homeless (1890), as part of Bendigo Art Gallery's New Histories exhibition, she designed a project based firmly in family, focusing on parenthood, deep connections and love. Letters to the Living – a time capsule of letters from parents to their children – will be stored in the museum and opened in 2070.
Fittingly, De Vietri's daughter will inherit the capsule and will be responsible for returning the missives to the families when the time comes. The capsule – a stainless steel box hung inside a frame – sits in front of Homeless while voice recordings of the letters can be heard via headphones.