This residency supports first stage research into a new project Elephants.

Coupling personal history with research into the legacy of elephants being used as beasts of burden in the logging and timber industries in South East Asia, as well as being motivated to engage with histories, cultures, identities, ecologies and activism, Joseph will seek to lay foundations for this new project and ask the question: ‘Who is the Elephant?’.

The project will explore the complexities of the transformational cultural and socio-economic impact on communities from resource industries and the West’s influence, obsolescence, and who ultimately pays for the cost.

This project adds to Joseph’s ongoing research interests and work that intersects economic theory, artistic & cultural identity (including migrant identity), trade history & globalisation, value systems and colonialism.

Joseph will be working with renown artist Tony Yap as a virtual provocateur/ mentor.


Landscape image by artist Eadweard Muybridge.

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