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Their Loss is Our Loss

Indigenous Australia: Anzac Day commemoration

Artist: Pia Larsen

The installation Their Loss is Our Loss portrays a human form in ‘Indigenous poppies’ alongside an Indigenous honour roll, first exhibited at the Damien Minton Gallery in Redfern as part of The Coloured Digger II exhibition.

The work draws on Australia’s long and remarkable indigenous history and its engagement with more recent white history. It has been timed to coincide with Anzac Day, a National Day to commemorate sacrifice.

The Indigenous honour roll titled He came and joined the colours mixes ‘Indigenous Poppies’ created with the colours of the Australian Aboriginal Flag, designed in 1971 by Harold Thomas, and ‘National Poppies’ using the colours and symbols from Australia’s national flag.

It honours the sacrifice and patriotism of Indigenous soldiers and personnel, with particular reference to Second World War sapper Bert Beros’ poem, The Coloured Digger.

I was granted permission to use the colours of the Australian Aboriginal flag.



SLOT Window Gallery, Botany Road, Alexandria, New South Wales, Australia
SLOT is a window gallery at 38 Botany Road open to the public day and night


Every day, 7am to 11pm

Monday 10 April to Saturday 6 May 2017



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