Livin’ the Dream
Cook offers a retake on Australian history by imagining a contemporary Indigenous community with Aboriginals living the lifestyle prescribed by white norms.
The disjuncture between the reality of Indigenous life and the white Australian dream/ideal raises the questions ‘what makes a person civilised?’ and suggests how different history might have been if those Europeans had realised that the Aborigines were indeed civilised. Cook’s works reinterpret Australian history and reframe entrenched narratives through the eyes of Indigenous Australians.
Part of PHOTO 2021 International Festival of Photography.