Images by Erin Lee
The Crimson Thread investigates the ubiquitous presence of Australia’s colonial history and attempts to better understand the impacts of colonisation and white privilege on contemporary Australian society.
Using speculative documentary photography, the work encourages viewers to question official histories and to consider how strongly our past still exists in the present. The title is taken from a quote by Henry Parkes, a British-born, Australian colonial politician who described Australia’s connection to the British Motherland as “the crimson thread of kinship, which defined Australia as a bastion of ‘whiteness’ in the Asian region.”
The project was shortlisted for Photolucida’s Critical Mass 2022, Residency Bursary at Landskrona Foto Festival ‘22 in Sweden, selected in PhMuseum’s Top Stories 2021 and as a participant in the Magnum x Photo 2022 PHOTO Lab.
Erin Lee’s photographs have been published in The Financial Times, Vice, The Advocate, Frankie, CNN, The Guardian and others. She has been internationally exhibited and selected for artist residencies in Venezuela, France, Morocco and Algeria. Erin’s photobook ‘Este Lado / This Side’ was short- listed for the Perimeter Photo 2020 Photobook Prize, The Lucie Foundation Photobook Prize, Kassel Dummy Finalists and is included in the ThePhotoBook Museum, Cologne.