Ack! Ack! Ack! You walk into the gallery space and your mind stumbles. Am I in the wrong gallery? Where are the portraits of Aboriginal men and women staunchly gazing from the wall? Where are the text works of clean minimal text? What is this MESS?
This teacher’s education resource was produced by the Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane to accompany the touring visual arts exhibition, cantchant by Aboriginal artist Vernon Ah Kee. cantchant was also part of the Once Removed exhibition at the Venice Bienale in 2009. You can download a copy of the teacher’s education resource here.
Students will ask “why can’t we use Aboriginal images?” Particularly if they see the work of artists like Richard Bell, who is deliberate in his appropriation of “western” artists like Lichtenstein or Tillers. “If he’s apppropriating, why can’t we*? Well there are a couple of responses you can offer that may assist students to get … Continue reading Appropriating Aboriginal Art: To Be or Not To Be