Sideshow Alley

 

1993  110 x 318 cms  

 

I was captivated by the gaudy little stalls, boasting their wares and cheap prizes in loud primary colours. The shadow-written signage was from an era pre-dating my childhood. I was fascinated by the toothless, tattooed touts accosting passers-by in tones loud enough to compete with the hectic tunes of the numerous rides. The alley thrust the two cultures into unusually close proximity as both blackfellas and whitefellas shuffled its dusty length. Noelly Johnston is holding Raffi, Devon Neil is the boy in the foreground and Xavier Neil is seen on the extreme right.