Where the Owl Left the Eagle Comes to Sit

Cameron James Cope
EXHIBITION  RUNS
   
May
   
10
 -  
May
   
21
"It was a proverb more eloquent than ‘snooze you lose’ for a victim made chairless. He said it swooping onmy spot by the fire, quick–grinning in the flickering light and clutching his rusted prize with tight, tiny knuckles."

INFORMATION

Where the Owl Left the Eagle Comes to Sit - Pabva Zizi Pagara Gondo is a print exhibition and photobook (Australian Photobook of the Year finalist 2017) that builds on an expression in Zimbabwe's Shona language.

The project visually allegorises legacies of colonialism, civil war and mass emigration amongst fragments of the author’s experience as a de facto ‘mukwasha’ (son in law) visiting the family towns and villages across Zimbabwe. The images are proposed as poetic fragments, starting points, cues for questions, for reading and exploring the central metaphor of trading places. 

“In my imagination Tazi and I became the eagle and the owl, our different backgrounds and modes of seeing crossing in the dark, trading places over continents. We had flown to the former industrial hub of Redcliff, Zimbabwe, where Tazi grew up.  And though we landed on the same perch, for each of us the view was different.”

Cameron James Cope is an image burglar, purveyor of words and frequent stowaway based in Narrm (Melbourne), Australia. His personal projects and photobooks explore how the past is embedded in the present through visual allegory, narrative form and conceptual documentary.

Where the Owl Left the Eagle Comes to Sit - Pabva Zizi Pagara Gondo is a print exhibition and photobook (Australian Photobook of the Year finalist 2017) that builds on an expression in Zimbabwe's Shona language.

The project visually allegorises legacies of colonialism, civil war and mass emigration amongst fragments of the author’s experience as a de facto ‘mukwasha’ (son in law) visiting the family towns and villages across Zimbabwe. The images are proposed as poetic fragments, starting points, cues for questions, for reading and exploring the central metaphor of trading places. 

“In my imagination Tazi and I became the eagle and the owl, our different backgrounds and modes of seeing crossing in the dark, trading places over continents. We had flown to the former industrial hub of Redcliff, Zimbabwe, where Tazi grew up.  And though we landed on the same perch, for each of us the view was different.”

Cameron James Cope is an image burglar, purveyor of words and frequent stowaway based in Narrm (Melbourne), Australia. His personal projects and photobooks explore how the past is embedded in the present through visual allegory, narrative form and conceptual documentary.

FEATURED  WORKS

PZPG 1, 2017, pigment ink photograph, editions various.
PZPG 2, 2017, pigment ink photograph, editions various.
PZPG 3, 2017, pigment ink photograph, editions various.
PZPG 5, 2017, pigment ink photograph, editions various.
PZPG 18, 2017, pigment ink photograph, editions various.
PZPG 31, 2017, pigment ink photograph, editions various.
‍Pabva Zizi Pagara Gondo – Where the Owl Left the Eagle Comes to Sit, 2017, photobook, edition of 200, 14.85cm x 21cm x 0.7cm.

OTHER  EXHIBITIONS