Four Horses

Four Horses

Megan Hales

The Melbourne Cup is a celebration of sport, fashion and animal wastage. A Victorian public holiday, putting horses in league with the Queen, the ANZACs, the birth and death of the Lord Jesus Christ. After all, last year’s thoroughbred wagering turnover in Australia was a royal $21 billion (Australian Racing Fact Book 2018-19).

Adapting the allegory of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Four Horses (2019) takes to Flemington Racecourse in a battle with Australian cultures in the horse racing industry. The work involves a manipulation of commercials relating to racing, alcohol and gambling, cut with footage of 'Four Horsewomen' at the Spring Carnival; frocked up for general admission and mounted by their beasts. 

 

HD Single-channel video (loop) 3840 px by 2160 px Duration: 04:42

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