The first incarnation, Wallung Githa Unsettled, explodes the euphemism of ‘settlement’ and communicates the violent truth of Australia’s colonial past.
Central to the work is the ‘White Woman of Gippsland,’ a figure reported in the 1840s to be captive to ‘ruthless savages’ in the bush east of Melbourne. Some historians regard her as a cover story conjured by pastoralists to justify fighting the Gunaikurnai in an asymmetric war for land and pasture.
The photographic series is an interpretation and expression of events set on battle sites, massacre sites, original homesteads, watering holes and ceremonial grounds in Gunaikurnai country.
The full series of photographs from Wallung Githa Unsettled were first exhibited alongside a solo installation piece by Paton at Anna Pappas Gallery.