Brisbane City, We Are Not Being Bombed
In this suite of works, Hallen examines the tensions between military iconography and the civilian landscape, commonly observed every year at Brisbane Riverfire.
For many, military icons such as fighter jets are associated with conquest, safety, wonder and control. But for others – these weapons become symbols of fear, displacement, and a lack of control. For the artist, military icons were synonymous with her upbringing as both parents lived and served within the Australian Army. Although Hallen was never forced, she was expected to join the forces herself and having seen and experienced conflict-related PTSD, became incredibly resistant to the idea.
As global tensions feel at a turning point – are these displays of militaristic prowess necessary? A recent Brisbane Incident Alerts post headlined: BRISBANE CITY, WE ARE NOT BEING BOMBED due to many calling in with genuine concern.