For a pittance, 2011 by Mine Konakci

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Artist's statement

I photographed artist, performer and model, Gideon Payten-Griffiths, at a fashion warehouse early one morning wearing leather boots and a coat. This portrait is part of my ongoing photographic exploration of descendants of Australia's early convict settlers. As a photographer, what interested me was the impact the theft of objects (of relatively small value) had on the descendants' lives. I wanted to create a link between the disappearance of the objects many generations ago and Gideon's presence today. Gideon's ancestor, Edward Humphreys, was convicted of stealing a pair of leather boots and a cloth great coat, and was transported to Australia in 1787 with the First Fleet for a seven year sentence.