The decision by Dark Mofo to cancel the contentious work Union Flag by Santiago Sierra speaks volumes about the dynamic between art and activism. Whilst in the media-post apology we see a not unusual centring of the white male curators who originally pursued the work, I think what is most amazing is the power of voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Their media campaign was quick, smart and extensive. Dark Mofo and MONA were Read more…
Dark Mofo: we want your blood
To call on the blood of First Nations peoples is not dark and edgy. It is an act of colonial violence and exploitation.
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/ hollow charcoaled body sleeps / waking only to hindu mantras of peace / black rivers drain out eyelids / toes upright and cold / only i am not there / i am here /
scratch marks :
i can no longer inhabit this body
Alway Was Always Will Be
‘I live, create and work on the sacred and sovereign lands of the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the Kulin Nations, and respectfully acknowledge the elder’s past, present and future becoming. I acknowledge that the sovereignty of these lands has never been ceded and the deep disrespect and brutality with which my ancestors illegally occupied the land of the Gunai Kurnai peoples on which I was born. I acknowledge Read more…
Glittering Feminist Threads
I recently had the pleasure of working with Casey Jenkins suturing her body for her art work: Broken and re-made, time stretches across my lives and my thighs piercing me with splendour. The video work she produced was part of the Pockmark Project produced by Liv_id. Casey’s work had an element of gentle beauty to it that I had not had the opportunity to experience for some time. We spent a gentle morning of skin Read more…
Thoughts on Empty Ocean and Exhibit A by Mike Parr
Empty Ocean and Exhibit A (Dark Mofo, Bruny Island and Detached Gallery) Excited to be getting on a ferry at 1am to make the trip to Bruny Island, I was rugged up and already tired. The trip through the water with the full moon in the sky, and the cold arctic wind winding its way onto the deck, seemed a perfect way to be transported to Mike Parr’s latest performance work Empty Ocean. On arrival Read more…
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