In 1993, Japanese doomsday cult Aum Shinrikyo purchased a remote pastoral property at Banjawarn in Western Australia. In 1995, some months after their activities and subsequent abandonment of the property, the group released the nerve agent sarin on the Tokyo subway. Evidence suggests that preliminary chemical experiments were conducted on sheep at Banjawarn station.

EAR TAG, 2016
Sheep identification tag excavated from the site of the 1993 chemical tests on sheep at Banjawarn Station








INSTALLATION VIEWS 2018






ARTEFACTS, 2016 -2018
Excavated from the chemical test site at Banjawarn
Above left: Partial sheep cranium;
Above right: Shoe sole
Below: Shearing combs






BANJAWARN AND KAMIKUISHIKI SITES, 2018
C-Type prints treated with methylphosphonic acid -
a product of the breakdown of the nerve agent sarin
as found at both sites
10.2 x 15.2 cm (150 x 100 cm framed) 






BANJAWARN/EPISODIC MEMORY, 2018
Video stills






SEA OF TREES (YAMANASHI PREFECTURE), 2018
Cyanotype on canvas
175 x 230 cm



This work was supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and Perth International Arts Festival.
© CHRISTOPHER CHARLES 2019