Last Laughs, 1995-04
light jet print from Polaroid original
80 x 100 cm
Edition of 15 + 2 APs

In this image Deacon both reclaims and ridicules a genre of colonial photography, which historically depicted Aboriginal women as a highly sexualised or exotic

‘other’. In the nineteenth century it was commonplace

for Aboriginal women to appear naked in ethnographic photographs that were mass reproduced and distributed as souvenirs around the world. In Last laughs three Blak women pose for the camera, limbs intertwined, performing their sexuality. Unlike in the colonial photography it references, the subjects in this work are the ones in control. 

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