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21 Mar

Chest 52; Advance


This picture contains in the background the X-ray of a tiny baby with a pneumothorax. In the foreground, part of the image is renewed. The picture conveys a sense of Australia’s red centre and a perception of movement towards coastal plains. Between the layers comes a symbol of love in the form of a monumental wheel. The air in the thorax was recognised as a threat to the child’s well-being, easily drained, with a full recovery. It illustrates Martin Luther King’s words: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that”, his words continue:  “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that”, and so the voyage of the white man and the aboriginal together and their interdependence in outback Australia. It looks back to hateful political policies of the past now broken on the wheel of time, and forward as we move from darkness into enlightenment, from mutual ignorance to comprehension. I see this as an intensely optimistic Australian image.

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