The Blaktism, sees a young female “White Aborigine” undertake a sacred ceremony in which she receives the rite of authenticity validated by cultural authorities ever present in the Australian cultural landscape.
The sacred ceremony itself, results in a satirical cultural assimilation dance party whereby all Australians are liberated, celebrated equally and transgressively renewed through physical and gestural adjustments.
The Blaktism seeks to challenge audience members with subterranean racism and its relationship within popular culture. It highlights the absurd nature of racial classification and disdain for cultural self-determination in 21st century Australia. This 7 minute pop video interrogates notions of identity, power and Australian social history.
The Blaktism, 2014, (stills)
HD video: 7 minutes
The Blaktism was curated into Dead Centre (2016), a group exhibition curated by Anna Louise Richardson and Abdul-Rahman Abdullah for Edith Cowan University’s Spectrum Project Space. Dead Centre contextualised a group of artistic voices from around the country that explore and celebrate marginalised identities in the broader spectrum of a multicultural society. Drawing on the experiences of artists connected to different communities including Aboriginal, Polynesian, Persian, Thai, Greek, Italian, Malay, LGBQTI and Muslim, the exhibition offers a point of access to individual outlooks that contribute and enrich the Australian social landscape.
Dead Centre at Edith Cowan University. Find out more
BERLIN PROJECT SPACE FESTIVAL: EX-EMBASSY
At the site of the former Australian Embassy to the German Democratic Republic (GDR), the exhibition ‘EX-EMBASSY’ examines the conventions of guest and host relations between the two nation states through artistic works and commissioned texts presented in and around the iconic modernist building. The exhibition, conceived by artist Sonja Hornung who worked closely with curatorial advisor Rachel O’Reilly, aims to unpack the cultural and diplomatic work between the GDR and Australia which ended prematurely in 1986, before the fall of the Berlin Wall. Exhibited works and texts address themes of narrative and identity, sovereignty and diplomacy, property and value, and racialization and indigeneity. The structure itself, located in Pankow, Berlin, acts as a container for these ideas and conversations—as much a part of the geopolitical discourse as the works exhibited within and around. – Samuel Staples, Berlin Art Link. Participating artists included Megan Cope (Quandamooka), Archie Moore (Kamilaroi), Sumugan Sivanesan (AU/DE) Sonya Schönberger (DE) and Khadija von Zinnenburg Carroll (AU).