Apókryphos focuses on a private collection of difficult photographs, hidden from view and left out of the artist's family archive for over three decades. The images depict the artist's family deep in mourning. Taken in 1975 at a funeral and burial, the family are seen grieving their loss in an unusually public way.
The project offers a rare opportunity to examine the representation of intimate and difficult emotions in private photographs, while asking questions about the visualisation of grief. The disclosure of grief is articulated across distinctive creative forms. The first is a series of twenty-four large scale photographs and the second is a book. Both photographs and book combine images with text. The conjoining of the visual and the textual enhances the storytelling capacity of Apókryphos.
Built into the photographic and book forms is a hidden dialogue between image and text. The text promises to reveal what the images represent, who the people are and the details of the event. However, little is revealed and instead the viewer is taken further and further into the mystery of the images through footnotes, endnotes and redacted text.
Apókryphos received funding from the Australia Council for the Arts in 2018. The series was exhibited in The National 2019: New Australian Art at Carriageworks, curated by Daniel Mudie Cunningham. The Apókryphos book was published by M.33 in 2019 and won the Australia New Zealand Photobook of the Year Award. Apókryphos has been exhibited at the Centre for Contemporary Photography Melbourne in 2020 and acquired by The Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2021.