Comprising four large Ilfochrome photographs, a cinema scaled 15 minute multi-channel HD projection with sound and an 80 page publication, this exhibition (commissioned and presented by the Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery) meditates on the force of the ocean, the communities whose lives are woven into it and an inescapable human vulnerability.
Taking as a point of departure the little known 1892 drowning of fifteen young men in Port Phillip Bay, What the Sea Never Told elicits a visceral, emotional response experienced as a kind of embodied memorial to the loss of the 15 young lives whilst resonating powerfully with contemporary global concerns regarding hope, risk and the loss of life at sea.
The exhibition and the accompanying 80 page publication is dedicated to the 15 young men who together lost their lives at sea.
Charles Ernest Allchin 19, James Reid Caldwell 21, William Lindsey Caldwell 19, Hugh Caldwell 17, William Henry Coles 23, John Comber 31, James Firth 17, William Edwin Grover 25, William Grover Jnr. 17, Charles Hooper 35 years, Charles F. Hooper Jnr. 14, John Kenna 18, Alfred Herbert Lawrence 19, George Connor Milne 36, Charles Williams 23.
The drowned young men were all members of the Mornington (Hazewinkel's boyhood home) Football Club returning by sea from playing a game of Australian Rules Football against district rivals Mordialloc. The boat they were traveling in, a 28 ft fishing yawl named Process, never made it back to Mornington. All aboard perished, only four bodies were ever found.
The following is the transcript of a correspondence between the exhibition curator Danny Lacy and the artist in which the story and Hazewinkel's personal relationship to it are explored. The correspondence can also be found in the accompanying project publication.
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Danny Lacy - What The Sea Never Told is a new project commissioned by MPRG that takes as its starting point the tragic events of the 21st May 1892 when fifteen young men from Mornington drowned in Port Phillip Bay on their return from Mordialloc where they had gone to play a game of Australian Rules Football. It remains one of Australia’s worst sporting tragedies and it is difficult to comprehend how devastating the profound loss of fifteen young lives must have been for the small township of Mornington in 1892. How did you first become interested in this tragedy and what was the reason for wanting to make a series of artworks that respond to this event?