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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

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Lindy Lee - Birth and Death, 2006

by Robert Scott-Mitchell

National Photographic Portrait Prize 2009 exhibition

Winner, National Photographic Portrait Prize 2007

Lindy Lee's installation work Birth and Death comprises 100 Chinese accordion books, printed with images derived from family photographs of past and present generations. It was Lee's first major foray into the world of digital printing, aided and abetted by Rob Scott-Mitchell. Originally exhibited at Artspace in 2003, Birth and Death was recently included as part of the Sunshine State, Smart State show at the Campbelltown Arts Centre, during which Lee spent many hours meditating in the centre of the installation - sailing the blood-red ocean of 'not-knowing'.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.