Noel Collett and Shane Phillips, Eveleigh Street, Redfern
The photograph is part of a series created for the Conference Call project for the Biennale of Sydney in 1992. Croft worked with renowned international conceptual artist and theorist, Adrian Piper, to document the lives of Aboriginal people in Redfern, Sydney. This work responds to the concern at the time that Aboriginal people had no visibility or voice, especially about the redevelopment of Redfern.
Curatorial insightThis work was produced for the Conference Call project where Croft worked alongside international conceptual artist Adrian Piper, and was exhibited at the Biennale of Sydney in 1992. Each of the four photographic portraits place the Indigenous models front and centre within the urban Sydney landscape, more specifically in Redfern, an important Indigenous hub and a contested space which has since been transformed through property development. These powerful works respond to concerns at the time that Indigenous people had no visibility or voice. Decisions regarding development in Redfern were being made despite community objections and through this body of work Croft gave a voice to the community. These works now act as an important historical document, depicting a now unrecognisable cityscape. (AGWA 2012)