David Ashley Kerr

Paradise/Prison

PhD candidate

  • David Ashley Kerr

This examination exhibition presents selected works completed as part of my PhD candidature.

In this practice-based PhD project, I explore the proposition that the colonisation of Australia has amounted to various forms of dystopian landscapes.

Through a process of photographic and video-based visual research, I stage landscape narratives in the Australian ‘natural’ environment and attempt to portray metaphors that pertain to the characteristics of a dystopia. These narratives often contain dramatised elements of existing mythologies, biblical and otherwise, and are shaped and imagined out of a sense of the dark, foreboding and unwelcoming nature of the Australian environment as it has appeared to settlers.