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Identity Markers: Who are we? Where do we come from? Where are we going?

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And so another month has passed us by with no posting…… Mmmmm, it’s a chronic state of affairs when it comes to my (in)ability to be consistent with such things. But to be fair, life is pretty busy…. And it shall remain so!

Despite my disparate moments of actually writing down my thoughts and ideas, I have managed to keep the momentum up with the photographic side of things. I’m on a roll actually and thoroughly enjoying every minute of it! Interestingly I am once again pursuing the theme of Australian masculinity having recently photographed Shearers as well as Wrestlers, both series which I will endeavour to continue documenting. I am also continuing in a collaborative capacity with my son Charlie, the tongue-in-cheek series of the ‘new Ned Kelly’, which sees the new incarnation doing everyday childhood activities (riding his bike, beachcombing and exploring his historical roots!). Keep an eye on my Flickr site for new images which are posted regularly……..

In terms of more academic pursuits, reading has been high on the list (OK, with the writing down the bottom of that same list!!). However having admitted my ongoing procrastination shame (yes I know Chaitanya!), I am researching the following subjects which will surely be noted in the short-medium term, as brief essays or something along those lines……:

  • Expressions of national identity in Australian art and popular culture (focusing on stories and images of the bush and bush life, with an emphasis on rural and pioneering subjects, since this has historically been seen as unique and integral to the nation’s identity.)
  • Further to this, an exploration of Australia’s experiences of war and how this has also framed cultural and political understandings of what it means to be Australian.
  • And again on the ‘Australia’ theme, looking at more recent cultural as well as political directions and influences in terms of a ‘globalised’ super-culture and what impacts this might have upon established notions of identity and the current struggle to re-imagine Australia’s place in the world (I hope to include the indigenous perspective here as well).

Naturally, despite my social sciences background – read, anthropology and visual ethnography – the above will be researched in the context of art theory and culture, at least to the best of my ability. My other research foci have been more in the realm of:

  • Photo-theory (particularly in the context of journalism with its varying and shifting trends);
  • War-pornography in photo-media, or warnography with reference to modern mass communication tools and the rise in ‘trauma tourism’ for example. Naturally these arguments cannot be asserted without reference to the ongoing issues of ethics and morality as well as implications of the law.

So there you have it! Not all tripe and despite the obvious absence in communication, the MPhil is chugging along!!

And now for something a little different…. a couple of recent pics (not necessarily linked to the above I might add, at least for now!)

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Sam (from a new series on tattoo subcultures)

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Morning Tea Spread (from the series “The Shearers”)

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Written by Lee Grant

April 23, 2007 at 10:22 pm

Posted in Work-in-Progress

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  1. Well, who said identity politics in this counrty is dead? More alive than ever I should think. Nice work Lee, looks like you’ve been busy, and with good results too. When are you having a solo show? And where? Can’t have a glass of wine at your opening if it’s only on-line : )
    love and kisses
    Davey

    David

    April 25, 2007 at 9:05 pm


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