History Reflected: In conversation with artist Matt Jones

Join Dr Penny Stannard, Head of Curatorial, in conversation with artist Matt Jones, delving into the ideas and creative process behind his new artwork, Every man has memories.  

Developed in reflection to Action in Vietnam – a short documentary made in 1966 and featured in the History Reflected exhibition – Matt has explored concepts of memory alongside his experiences as a former officer in the Australian Army. 

Enjoy this thought-provoking online talk and learn about one of the contemporary reflections featured in our History Reflected exhibition, rescheduled to open at the Museum of Sydney on 7 May 2022.

About the artwork

“Every man has memories" – a line spoken by the Action in Vietnam narrator midway through the film that documents Australia’s serviceman during the Vietnam war – struck a powerful chord for Matt Jones. Footage of the young Australian servicemen reminded him of his early army experiences. This, and the concept of memory and the mind, became the focus of this artwork. Matt asked people who had served in the Australian Army to provide one photo which for them conveys the idea “every man has memories” as a defining signature of their career. The artwork is a collage of these, recognising that the military is the sum of the whole and not the reflection of any one individual.

About Matt Jones

Matt Jones is a Sydney-based conceptual artist. His work is strongly influenced by his military service as an Australian Army Officer graduating from the Royal Military College, Duntroon, with operational experience in Timor Leste. In 2020 his work Yarn won the Napier Waller Art Prize at the Australian War Memorial (AWM). Other achievements include the 2017 Cumberland Art Award, the 2018 Cumberland Sustainability Art Award, Highly Commended for the 2019 Napier Waller Art Prize and as a finalist in the Gallipoli Art Prize (2021). 

Zoom details

This online event is delivered over Zoom free for members.

Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81981427621?pwd=SHlCbndRWjRyUjNPSk9aQlkzMTFNZz09

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When & Where

Wednesday 20 October 2021 4PM–4.45PM

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