Ghan (2008)

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John Webb: Ghan (2008)

Ghan (2008)
1.56 x 1.0m


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The work:

This work began with the idea of taking a train trip through the outback, and with how even a gibber desert can be developed into something interesting. Then I began to consider how the desert has looked to the different people(s) who have passed through it.

The Ghan is is an abbreviated version of the train's previous nickname The Afghan Express (honouring the Afghan camel drivers who helped to find a way to reach Australia's interior in the late 19th century).



Australian context:

From The Ghan train website:

"Travel by rail between Adelaide, Alice Springs and Darwin and you are embarking on one of the great train journeys of the world. Named after the Afghan cameleers who once traversed this route, The Ghan will take you from one edge of this continent to the other, through the very centre of Australia."


 

The Ghan
Aboriginal (Tiwi man) face painting
 The Ghan
Photo courtesy Great Southern Rail



Aboriginal (Tiwi man) face painting
Image courtesy janesoceania  
Aborigines from Bathurst Island (1939), one of the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory

 

The Ghan route
 Aboriginal people from Bathurst Island (1939), one of the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territory
Photo from nationsonline
The Ghan route
Image courtesy Great Southern Rail