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Warzone
2010

Warzone

Matthew Sleeth

TOUR OF DUTY (East Timor, 1999-2000)

In a referendum in 1999 the people of East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia, which had annexed their country in 1975. To suppress the civil war which broke out after the referendum, INTERFET (International Force for East Timor) arrived in September, 1999. This UN mission was led by Australia, which for decades had supported the occupation of East Timor. Matthew Sleeth photographed the activities of the peacekeeping force and concluded that rather than cleaning up the mess which Australia had helped to create, they were chiefly busy with conducting PR.

  • TOUR OF DUTY (East Timor, 1999-2000)

    In a referendum in 1999 the people of East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia, which had annexed their country in 1975. To suppress the civil war which broke out after the referendum, INTERFET (International Force for East Timor) arrived in September, 1999. This UN mission was led by Australia, which for decades had supported the occupation of East Timor. Matthew Sleeth photographed the activities of the peacekeeping force and concluded that rather than cleaning up the mess which Australia had helped to create, they were chiefly busy with conducting PR.

  • TOUR OF DUTY (East Timor, 1999-2000)

  • TOUR OF DUTY (East Timor, 1999-2000)

  • TOUR OF DUTY (East Timor, 1999-2000)

  • TOUR OF DUTY (East Timor, 1999-2000)

Another Asia II
2006

Another Asia II

Matthew Sleeth

TOUR OF DUTY (1999)

After the people of East Timor voted in a referendum in 1998 for independence from Indonesia, their part of the island descended into an orgy of violence. In order to restore order, the international peacekeeping force INTERFET was formed. Australia provided the leadership, a task that the country was obliged to conscientiously fulfill as a former British colony, in the view of Matthew Sleeth. But above all else, the mission was a promotion campaign. From distributing teddy bears to organizing a benefit concert with Kylie Minogue, Australia pulled out all the stops to put themselves in the best possible light. No real contribution to solving East Timor's problems was ever forthcoming, according to TOUR OF DUTY (1999).

  • TOUR OF DUTY (1999)

    After the people of East Timor voted in a referendum in 1998 for independence from Indonesia, their part of the island descended into an orgy of violence. In order to restore order, the international peacekeeping force INTERFET was formed. Australia provided the leadership, a task that the country was obliged to conscientiously fulfill as a former British colony, in the view of Matthew Sleeth. But above all else, the mission was a promotion campaign. From distributing teddy bears to organizing a benefit concert with Kylie Minogue, Australia pulled out all the stops to put themselves in the best possible light. No real contribution to solving East Timor's problems was ever forthcoming, according to TOUR OF DUTY (1999).

  • TOUR OF DUTY (1999)

  • TOUR OF DUTY (1999)

  • TOUR OF DUTY (1999)

  • TOUR OF DUTY (1999)

Biography

Matthew Sleeth (Australia, 1972) alternates between living and working in Melbourne and New York. In 2006 and again in 2008, Art Collector magazine named him as one of the 50 ‘most collectable’ Australian artists. He is presently working on a doctorate in the Department of Media Arts at RMIT University, in Melbourne.

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Warzone

Warzone

Price EUR 10,00

Another Asia

Another Asia

Price EUR 10,00