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a woman runs
Sydney 30 April - 31 May 2003


A Woman Runs Justine
from the series a woman runs
silver-gelatin photograph
50 x 60 cm



A Woman Runs Mel & Majka
from the series a woman runs
silver-gelatin photograph
50 x 60 cm

...Sindbad said defiantly, "I am fed up with lanes and alleys. I am also fed up with carrying furniture around, with no hope of seeing anything new. Over there is another life: the river joins up with the sea and the sea penetrates deeply into the unknown, and the unknown brings forth islands and mountains, living creatures and angels and devils. It is a magical call that cannot be resisted. I said to myself, 'Try your luck, Sindbad, and throw yourself into the arms of the invisible."

Naguib Mahfouz from Arabian Nights and Days.

a woman runs
This project evolved from considering one's place within the Australian landscape. To reflect upon the history of the artist within this landscape is to arrive at a legacy that has excluded women as adventurers.

In the series titled "A Woman Runs" this history is reinstated visually through a kind of dream state, quite fantastically and from the imagination. Her story is constructed or invented. Like some mythical creature she simply appears out of a landscape that remains the same in each image - the woman and the light changes. She is dressed in artificial grass and ironically she runs through a man made forest of pines that is not at all native to Australia.

Is she running towards something or someone or is she running away? Nevertheless she is always running. Perhaps she runs towards some unknown future, like in Mahfouz's Arabian tale she runs 'into the arms of the invisible'. It is also possible that she runs not from something physical, but from something internal like a memory

Many answers are feasible and of course it is through these that we experience the kind of adventure that is missing in History.

Cherine Fahd 2003


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