If you just happen to be in Sydney, come and say hello and join me for drinks to celebrate: A Dingo Ate My Baby: a new exhibition exploring the myths surrounding Azaria Chamberlain.
It’s upstairs at the Tap Gallery http://www.tapgallery.org.au from 6pm tonight.
Here’s the official media release:
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A Dingo Ate My Baby; a new exhibition explores the myths surrounding Azaria Chamberlain.
The cause of Azaria Chamberlain’s death remains officially unknown, which is why the Fourth Coronial Inquest scheduled for February 24 should finally lay Azaria to rest.
A new art exhibition, A Dingo Ate My Baby, also seeks to put to rest the myriad of myths and rumours surrounding the case from the night of the attack to its exploitation in popular culture.
“The Azaria Chamberlain story is not only part of the Australian psyche but has reached global proportions being parodied in American comedies such as Seinfeld, Frasier and The Simpsons,” said artist and curator, Ray Leggott.
“I can’t imagine what it’s like to have your baby killed by a wild animal and then have the death of your daughter being used as TV fodder,” he said.
A Dingo Ate My Baby is an indictment on the desensitisation of TV viewers to death and carnage. It’s also a commentary on Australian’s making judgements from their lounge rooms.
Each of the 10 collages explores a different event in the 32 year history of the case; Deaf Ears examines flawed forensics, Back tracked looks at critical inadmissible evidence from Aboriginal trackers and Trial by television reflects the role of the media in the case.
The series was inspired by a visit to the National Treasures exhibition at the National Library, Canberra where Azaria’s baby bracelet is on display along with letters of sympathy written to Lindy Chamberlain by the crew of Ansett.
“When I saw the bracelet it brought home to me that this is a story about the death of baby girl and the devastating effect it had on her family and particularly her mother. It’s a story that still hasn’t been laid to rest as the Third Coronial Inquest in 1995 left an open finding, the cause unknown.”
The Chamberlain’s hope the Fourth Inquest will find the death of Azaria was the result of a dingo attack and close a haunting chapter in Australian history.
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