Between home and the police presents a slow, detailed 21 minute journey from my home home to the local police. It was shot in the remote town of Kununurra in Western Australia, the state with the highest rates of incarceration for Aboriginal people in Australia. In this video the calm suburban familiarity undoes our sense of the ‘outback’, and the slow detail builds a haunting, persistent uncertainty.
Dr Lee-Anne Hall, co-curator of the exhibition Landing Points for which the work was made, writes:
Languid and mesmerising, without speed or siren, the camera follows a route through a town not yet woken. House upon house, tree upon tree, fence upon fence, shops, park and government buildings pass by before the arrival at the station. This is a route made familiar by colour.
The work was produced for the exhibition Landing Points curated by Hayley Megan French and Dr Lee-Anne Hall at Penrith Regional Gallery and the Lewers Bequest. Landing Points invited 11 contemporary artists to respond to Tracey Moffatt’s seminal work Up in the Sky on its twentieth anniversary. The exhibition catalogue is online here.
Between home and the police was produced with the support of Culture and the Arts WA, a division of the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.