Presented in conjunction with Flyblown, was Riley’s film Empire (1997).
Produced at the same time as Flyblown, Empire presented a similar evocative narrative through the language of cinema. Empire stood as a vital marker of individual and cultural experience in a medium that has for decades inscribed so much of this country’s collective mythology. Flyblown and Empire spoke in the same visual language to an overlapping set of ideas.
These works were shown alongside a collection of Riley's documentary films, which alluded to the great depth of Riley's artistic output. Together, the presentation seeked to celebrate a voice that is firmly embedded in this country's cultural psyche.