Bette Mifsud - The Living Room
Exhibition: 19 March to 19 April, 2003
Mifsud has been taking photographs of the Australian landscape since she was 10 years old. Her parents berated her for wasting film on pictures without people in them, while they staged photographs depicting their prosperous life in a new country to send home to relatives in Malta. For Mifsud, photographing the landscape is an act of contemplation, not of colonisation. Her landscapes are not the idealised blue skies and vast horizons of postcards but quieter, more reflective and more complex renditions of the land, cropped from her original images, showing the marks and scars of previous generations.