Czech and Slovak Film Festival 2016


An installation of Salvaged Relatives at ACMI Mediatheque
Collages on cartes de visite with pencil and paint additions (by Gracia Haby), pencil drawings on Fabriano Artistico 640gsm traditional white hot-press paper with metallic paint trim (by Louise Jennison), and accompanying found books, some with modified dust jackets.


Stephen Banham, Bernard Caleo, Angela Cavalieri, Peter Ellis, Petr Herel, Andrew Keall, Carmen Reid, Sally Tape
as part of the Czech and Slovak Film Festival 2016, curated by Carmen Reid
Wednesday 14th September – Friday 23rd September 2016


A twin entity! A double life, sprung “from matter and light, envinced in solid and shade,”[1] our Salvaged Relatives, collaged and drawn, toss gauzy film over the certainty of your consciousness.

A shadow, rendered, of a life imagined; or is that the other way around? In a game of Chicken and Egg, call and response, surely, the drawings echo the collages on cartes de visite. And were they to be “separated from one another by the whole length of the building.... [the] distance between [them would] seem monstrous.... as is they had taken half [their] bodies away. [They would lose their] sense of balance.... feel dizzy.... fall.”[2]

Creeping through these unknown time-eaten spaces, memories splinter; with nature as your theatrical backcloth, you’d do well to borrow a stained costume from the Ballet Russes, while things reconfigure.

My tail, Léon Bakst, what do I do with it in this lonely place “newly with grass o’ergrown”?[3]

[1] Edgar Allan Poe, ‘Silence (a sonnet),’ version published in The Raven and Other Poems, 1845.
[2] Ágota Kristóf, The Notebook Trilogy, (Melbourne: Text Publishing, 2016), p.23.
[3] Edgar Allan Poe, ‘Silence (a sonnet)’.