Majority Rule, the latest collection from photographer Michael Cook, demonstrates his move into new artistic territory. These works are a departure from his previous style and aesthetic, and uses images to pose a direct question. He asks the viewer to speculate about an Australia where Aboriginal people are the majority.
Touching on the discriminatory nature of society, Cook uses the same Indigenous man multiplied over and over in each image to communicate his message, and paint a picture of a societal structure reversed. The numerous versions of the Aboriginal subject populate generic city locations: a train station tunnel, a vintage bus, iconic monuments and various
city streets. Cook’s imagery challenges our ingrained belief systems, yet these images do not offer judgment - they are observational, asking questions without proffering any neat prescriptive conclusions.
Cook’s interest in the impact of Australia’s history on it’s original inhabitants comes into sharp focus with this series of heavily and intentionally choreographed images. It is a defining moment for a photographer who doesn’t shy away from investigation, both of self and of society.
Inkjet print (Epson UltraChrome K3 inks on Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Bright White 310 gsm paper)
7 Images in series
Size 200 x 140 cm
Edition 3 + 1 AP
7 Images in series.
Size 120 x 84 cm
Edition 8 + 2 AP