Question Why

In 2002 human rights were on trial in Australia. Paranoia was at a high post 9/11 and freedom the price paid. Around the country peaceful protests took place against the then government’s refugee policy and the children overboard incident. Question Why juxtaposed the politics of the time with banal ideas of favourites pre Facebook. Participants responded to banal questions about their likes or dislikes with their responses written onto masking tape and affixed to their mouth. Sixty second analogue video recordings were made referencing one minute silence as a mark of respect, later watched on a TV monitor with stills made using a medium format camera. Final black and white prints captured various textures suggesting media filtration.

Questions Asked

What are you most afraid of?
What vegetable do you hate?
What is your favourite pastime?
What are you scared of?
What is your favourite word?
What word do you hate?
What is your favourite flower?
What is your favourite thing?
Who do you most admire?
What is your favourite animal?
What is your favourite drink?
What do you never want to hear again?
What do you love?
What animal do you most resemble
What is your hobby?
What is your favourite food
What is your favourite colour?

Question Why, 2002
44 silver gelatin photographs
printed on fibre-based paper
45 x 60 cm