Patrick Waterhouse (b. 1981) is an artist whose work spans photography, drawing, slow journalism, graphic design, sculpture and many other disciplines. His practice involves in-depth research, often working in communities and collaborating with other artists, researchers and writers.
Restricted Images is a new art book by Patrick Waterhouse, bringing together an expansive collection of artworks made at the Warlukurlangu art centre, NT Australia, with local Warlpiri artists. In institutions across Australia and Europe, archives encompassing thousands of colonial-era anthropological artefacts are now largely inaccessible, and images are often restricted to avoid showing pictures that infringe on Aboriginal cultural beliefs. Waterhouse developed a collaborative venture in symbolically returning to the communities the agency over their own images. Spending several years taking pictures of them, he made prints and then returned, inviting the Warlpiri to paint the surfaces of the images and enact their own restrictions upon them using the traditional technique of dot painting. In intricate, colourful acrylic clusters they transformed the black and white depictions of themselves and their sacred sites. Restricted Images is the first instalment in a long-term project that looks to renegotiate the politics of who gets to decide what is seen and what is kept hidden, and reveals artists and a community trying to understand one other. Publisher`s Info
Publication date: September 2018 | Format: Hardcover | Edition: 1500 | Size: 19.7 x 26.6 cm | Number of pages: 208 | Type of printing: Offset.
Restricted Images is on show at FOMU Fotomuseum Antwerpen, Waalsekaai 47, 2000 Antwerp, Belgium (01.03.2019 – 09.06.2019).