George Criddle: The True Nature of What We're Up Against
An exhibition of work by PhD candidate George Criddle.
Shifting mentality: a case study in going home' is a practice based research project that incorporates material and relational strategies in order to raise awareness about silenced settler-colonial histories within Criddle's Anglo settler family. The research and final exhibition 'The True Nature of What We're Up Against' has been informed by French philosopher Catherine Malabou's concept of 'mentality,' as well as Aboriginal Gumbainggir activist, academic, writer, and actor Gary Foley's directives to white supporters of Aboriginal justice to understand the true nature of what we're up against by looking in the mirror, 'go(ing) home' and talking to family. Works in the exhibition have been made for Criddle's immediate and extended family and include a mobile diagram of objects, and an experimental text-based artwork titled: 'Summaries of a Settler Artist's Journal (letters to Elizabeth Criddle et al.)' which, among other things, uncovers and reckons with Criddle's settler ancestor's involvement in frontier violence.