I was never given a story as a child to explain the absence of a father. It was a taboo subject. An invitation to participate in this
exhibition looking at ancestral stories has provided an extraordinarily timely opportunity to investigate this story. Not so long ago
my fatherís flying log book came into my hands. Reading it was both revealing and sobering. He flew Catalina flying boats out
of Darwin throughout the Pacific region in the final stages of WWII. As it turns out, the most intense entries all relate to sorties in
and around the Philippines.
The log book and cloth escape maps (carried by pilots when flying over enemy territory), along with
family photos and archival footage have provided the primary source material for this video/installation work.
dedicated to the memory of Flight Lieutenant Bruce White, and to the 100,000 Filipino civilians who perished in the Battle of
Pip McManus talks about this work
Video, fabric, leather, photographs, mixed media (variable dimensions)