Philjames is a finalist in the 2020 Sir John Sulman Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales
The General Lee (1984–2018)
oil on archival pigment print on cotton rag (colour photograph from artist’s personal archive)
110.5 x 162.5 cm
‘This is a photo of my siblings and me watching ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ when we were little. On screen is ‘The General Lee’, which at the time I just thought was a dope car with a cool pattern on the roof (the confederate flag), completely unaware of American/world history and equally unaware of the history of my country. I’m increasingly interested in just how much politics was fed to me as a child. The characters are lifted from 1940s Warner Bros and Disney animation studios, which produced propaganda for the US military. While I cherish this family moment, I realise how pervasive media can be in shaping young minds.’ Philjames, 2020