Alasdair Doyle & Liam James (TAS)
Something Less is an unmistakably Tasmania-centric collaborative exhibition and publishing project that breaks open the narrative of Tasmanian history and mythology, and its place in the Australian national psyche.
This challenging project looks at the little-understood Indigenous history of Tasmania, an island where imperial attempts at mass-genocide and ethnic ‘cleansing’ of Aboriginal peoples were more extensive than on mainland Australia. Whilst James grapples with identity, self and culture in his melancholic self-portraiture, Doyle offers a sharp counterpoint with his critical perspective, analysis and historical research.
Inspired by Tracey Moffatt’s iconic photographic series Something More, Something Less examines truth, belonging, and the continuous alteration of identity.
ImageLiam James, 'Self-portrait with flowers (presumed native)' 2015
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, Arts Tasmania’s Artsbridge, Regional Arts Tasmania and Creative Partnerships Australia through MATCH.