Garden Palace stripped to the bone. Art as anamnesis
London’s Crystal Palace, the site of the first international exhibition in 1851 and the architectural symbol of modernity, was widely imitated not only in Europe. Sydney also had its crystal palace. The Australian Garden Palace, similarly to the ones in London, New York and Munich, burnt to the ground in 1882. In 2016 aboriginal artist Jonathan Jones tried to restore it in Australia’s collective memory. However, Jones’ project, barrangal dyara (skin and bones), introduces a postcolonial perspective and recoveres the narratives that were repressed in White Australia, with the hope of working through the common past.