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BENNETT, Gordon; The Shooting Gallery

Gordon Bennett adapts evolving conventions of ‘Aboriginal’ dot painting to depict the terrifying moment before what was most likely an incident of extreme violence.  An Aboriginal family group are shown held at gunpoint by the Native Police in a dawn raid. What happened next? We might ask. Such traumatic experiences reshaped families and the way people lived with the land. Awareness of these events has been diffused by the flow of time, continuing history wars and the disappearance or marginalisation of those targeted.