An image of Strange Fruit

Brenda L Croft

(Australia 1964 – )

Community
Adelaide, Spencer region
Language group
Gurindji, Fitzmaurice region, Mutpurra, Fitzmaurice region

Strange Fruit

Location
Not on display
Further information

'Strange fruit' was first exhibited in 1994 at The Performance Space, in partnership with Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Cooperative. The title, 'Strange fruit', is drawn from the Billie Holiday song about the racial atrocities that occurred in the deep south of America, but also considers the use of the term 'hybridity' in relation to contemporary arts practice with cross-pollinated images of racial identity.
In the initial installation, the images were intimate in scale and displayed in conjunction with native and introduced species of fruit and flowers that rotted during the exhibition, while a looped sound-piece comprising the overlaid voices of the women depicted, continuously played. This rich sensory experience played with the notion of 'strange fruit' and what this may be.
The works exhibited here are on a much larger scale. Each of the images provides an intimate portrait of one of Croft's friends assuming a specific character, including Billie Holiday. The work refers to the classification and preconceptions of who is actually of Aboriginal heritage and what an Aboriginal person is supposed to look like in contemporary Australian society.

Place of origin
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Year
1994
Media
Photograph
Medium
cibachrome photograph
Dimensions
168.7 x 117.8 x 2.5 cm frame; 152.0 x 101.0 cm sight
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased with funds provided by the Young Friends of the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales 1994
Accession number
171.1995.5
Copyright
© Brenda L. Croft. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney