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Photographs that I lost or couldn’t take by Peter Morgan

“I will let you pass… but I’m going to make you delete that photo first”.

– Israeli soldier, Hebron, occupied Palestinian Territories.
October 15 – November 9 2018

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Peter Morgan Friday Clashes

The photographic image has traditionally been utilitised as a record of an objective truth. Light passes through a lens and is trapped on a surface or sensor becoming an automated ‘memory’. However, after the time of capture, two memories of a photograph are created – split from the same moment.

The ‘cold’ memory engrained in technology and the ‘warm’ memory – the photographers idea of the photograph. In most cases, these ‘cold’ memories outlast the ‘warm’, escaping the rigorous wear and tear time has upon human recollection. But sometimes technology fails.

Between Two Memory Cards is a three part installation about photographic representation and memory from time spend as a photographer in the Middle East. Over the course of the past 8 years in the region, photographs have occasionally been lost to missing hard drives, corrupted memory cards or prevention or deletion by security forces.

The primary element of the installation is the drawn component. Over the course of the installation, lost images will be redrawn from the photographers memory of the image. Secondarily, ‘artefacts’ are on display (changed daily) which were once intrinsically tied to a single photograph or set of photographic moments. The third component is a suite of photographs taken in the town of Dupre in northern Iraq.

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Peter Morgan is a graduate of the National Art School in Sydney (BFA Hons) and current staff member. He has been a finalist in the Blake Prize, Art & About Festival’s Sydney Life and Australian Life Prizes as well as a recipient of the Storrier Onslow National Art School Paris Studio

Residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in 2012/13.

Peter’s photographic practice focuses upon geopolitics and humanitarian issues arising from the Middle East predominately the conditions and aftermath of ‘regime made disaster’. This concept is applied to the creation and maintenance of an organised and well ordered system of low level violence by a democratic regime against a domestic or foreign peoples.

images by Peter Morgan