ROTHWELL'S RADICAL RESOLUTION

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 01.02.15

It's increasingly important to read The Australian newspaper for an understanding of Indigenous affairs. For the culture that Aboriginal Art Directory readers care about emerges only from the conditions in which remote Aboriginal elders and artists live. A recent series of articles about Arthouse Auctions – linked to on our Facebook page – has been courageous and important. But of far greater significance has been two lengthy features over two weeks by Nicolas Rothwell. Not only is he a fine writer and a great journalist – he's embedded in the NT Indigenous world through his partnership with Alison Anderson, the maverick Pintupi/Luritja politician and artist. She bares her emotions; he brings his independent intellect to bare on the crisis that both see rolling like a tsunami across Australia's north. Last weekend, Rothwell began his analysis of policies by governments of all shapes and conditions by identifying a sullen rebellion by remote First Australians as their sense of powerlessness builds in the assimilationist face of Intervention politics imposed upon them by white bureaucrats and FIFO consultants. Nothing that has resulted from the billions of dollars poured into these policies has worked – school numbers have declined, alcohol and other substance abuse thrives, jobs are ignored. I was once told that, in The Kimberley's remote Kalumburu, the men sub-incised their penises so deeply, reproduction was impossible. It would seem that the same despair is now widespread. I urge you to track down this article – subscribing to The Australian if necessary: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/rebellion-thwarts-remote-control/story-e6frg6z6-1227195145101 This weekend, Rothwell offers solutions so radical, some will call it apartheid. He points out that when remote communities want to organise something – ceremony or a sports-day – it works like clockwork. He also points to a “plain and fundamental divide” between the southern Aboriginal individuals who guide governments» Read More

 

MAJOR INDIGENOUS EXHIBITION AT BRITISH MUSEUM

MAJOR INDIGENOUS EXHIBITION AT BRITISH MUSEUM

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 29.01.15

The Australian National Museum and the British Museum are joining forces to present one of the most important exhibitions of Indigenous Australian art and artefacts ever staged. 'Enduring Civilisation', as it's called, will open in London in April and transfer...» Read More

 

Cadel Evans Last Ride

Cadel Evans Last Ride

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 23.01.15

Who can't remember the 2011 Tour de France, and the pride and inspiration that arose in us all when Cadel Evans stood on the winner's podium? For though Cadel had a successful career in cycling, he had only come to...» Read More

 

SCHOLL SEEKS THE HOLY GRAIL

SCHOLL SEEKS THE HOLY GRAIL

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.01.15

If only more art collectors around the world today could open their eyes and admit, “We'd grown a little tired of the cult of personality and money that the contemporary art world has become, so were looking to re-energise”. They...» Read More

 

RADIANCE

RADIANCE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 13.01.15

Is this restaging of Louis Nowra's 'Radiance' an 'Aboriginal play'? Is it a snap-shot of real life as three half sisters whose lives have kept them apart are brought theatrically together for their mutual mother's funeral; or is it magic...» Read More

 

Blak Douglas and Adam Geczy's BLAKATTAK

Blak Douglas and Adam Geczy's BLAKATTAK

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 09.01.15

The exhibition BLAKATTAK brings together the talents of Blak Douglas aka Adam Hill and Adam Geczy again, and follows the large-scale exhibition BOMB, held at the AAMU (Museum of Contemporary Aboriginal Art), Utrecht in 2013. While BOMB dealt with the...» Read More

 

Bungaree: The 200-year Celebration

Bungaree: The 200-year Celebration

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 09.01.15

Bungaree was the first Aboriginal to have been called an ‘Australian’. He was given a land grant at Middle Head in Sydney from colonial authorities and was famous for greeting ships as they entered Sydney Harbour. He also joined explorers,...» Read More

 

Jack Dale Revealing Australia's Hidden past

Jack Dale Revealing Australia's Hidden past

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 08.01.15

Photographer Neil McLeod's professional entree into Aboriginal Australia was through Pastor Doug Nicholls, the first Aboriginal to be knighted and first to be appointed to vice-regal office (he served as Governor of South Australia in the 1970s). The suburb of...» Read More

 

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ROTHWELL'S RADICAL RESOLUTION

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 01.02.15

It's increasingly important to read The Australian newspaper for an understanding of Indigenous affairs. For the culture that Aboriginal Art Directory readers care about emerges only from the conditions in which remote Aboriginal elders and artists live. A recent series...» Read More

Industry Corner: Exhibition

MAJOR INDIGENOUS EXHIBITION AT BRITISH MUSEUM

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 29.01.15

The Australian National Museum and the British Museum are joining forces to present one of the most important exhibitions of Indigenous Australian art and artefacts ever staged. 'Enduring Civilisation', as it's called, will open in London in April and transfer...» Read More

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ABORIGINAL ARTISTS GO MENTAL

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 06.10.14

High profile artists, including four Archibald winners, have joined forces with the ABC and have donated artworks to be auctioned online to help raise funds to boost mental health research in Australia. The ABC Mental As... Art Auction is a...» Read More

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TWO CHARITY AUCTIONS

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.08.14

With what looks like an unfortunate coincidence of timing, two worthy Indigenous charities are holding art auctions within days of each other. Arts Law is first cab off the rank, celebrating its 30th anniversary of advice specifically tailored for artists...» Read More

 

 


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