Gazing South is a visual metaphor on passive observation of injustice from the comfort of being “out of range".
Though the images in this series reference passive, voyeuristic witness to injustices in "The South”, the metaphor extends to all forms of injustice past and present that are inflicted in full knowledge of those who choose to do nothing.
These images were made using 35mm film double exposed by artists Avital Oehler and John Baxter Weekes. The first sequence was shot in California, United States of America by Avital and the overlying sequence was shot in New South Wales, Australia by John. There is no digital manipulation.
Neither artist was aware of the content of the other's shoot, yet the issue of injustice that weighs so deeply in the heart of each artist emerged.
Avital Oehler @talyo
John Baxter Weekes @baxtus