Peter Milne’s WHEN NATURE FORGETS is a sardonic photographic documentation of historical diorama displays which focuses on dummies, mannequins and dolls in a range of locations across Australia, ranging from small local history displays to major state-run institutions.
Milne’s investigation of these sites where history is recreated for our edification and entertainment yields humorously absurd yet often touching and emotionally disturbing results.
“In Milne’s photographs, the dummies are seen in all their frozen artificiality, in their materiality as commercial furnishings, but they simultaneously come to life in dramatised scenarios, as if dreaming themselves into animate existence. The interplay of the materiality of artifice and the energy of emotional theatre creates a jarring and a frisson between the real and the unreal that captivates our imagination.” Michael Janover, from the essay accompanying the book.
Published by M.33, Melbourne, 2013
210 x 297 mm
with an essay by Dr Michael Janover, School of Political and Social Inquiry,
Monash University, Melbourne.
Edited by Helen Frajman
Designed by Yanni Florence
Soft Cover with Dust Jacket: $40 (+ gst within Australia)
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