Michael Cook’s dramatic photographic works reinterpret Australian history and reframe entrenched narratives through the eyes of Indigenous Australians. His carefully choreographed images reflect on notions of truth and identity considering how art and images shape history and cultural memory.
Through the manipulation of photography, Cook looks at the “discovery” of Australia and representation in history. His works are produced from his desire to explore and engage with his Aboriginal ancestry. His photographs consider the staging of Indigenous culture through the lens of the white Australian settler and seek to offer up an alternative narrative.