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Andrew Tenison: Let Me Imagine You

Andrew Tenison
Let Me Imagine You (Untitled 4), 2017
Gelatin silver photograph
Image courtesy of the artist

Albury born artist Andrew Tenison reimagined history in Let Me Imagine You.
Inspired by a negative of a WWII serviceman found whilst rummaging in an op shop in Berlin, Tenison explored the possible experiences the soldier may have encountered through recreated scenes and new hand printed silver gelatin photographs which accompanied the original.

Tenison was interested in the role photography played in history, memory, and myth making. Photographs could enhance or deceive our understanding of events, losing context they drifted untethered into the future.

Part of the project brought Tenison to Bonegilla Migrant Reception and Training Centre, as he researched the lives of German soldiers, particularly the Luftwaffe that served in WWII, and those that migrated post-war to Australia. Bonegilla was used as part of the recreated scenes in some of the photographs.