Date: Sunday 1 July at 3pm
Venue: The Cross Art Projects


By Hetti Perkins, resident curator Bangarra Dance Theatre and a keynote speaker at Documenta13
In the 1970s, the struggle for self-determination was the dominant trope of the cultural, political and aesthetic aspirations of artists belonging to first nations around the world. Today, the term resonates with a claim of ownership over the authentic, for subjects, objects, and images in relation to cultural heritage and property. The contemporary art of first nations’ peoples proposes different histories and stories of art. Immensely innovative, it is also producing a critical awakening of a different imagination with respect to the hegemonic approaches of art and cultural production.


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  'Indigenous Indignation', Artlink launch: Hetti Perkins, Stephanie Brittan (Artlink), Djon Mundine. Photo credit: Mick Richards Photography 'Indigenous Indignation', Artlink launch: Djon Mundine. Photo credit: Mick Richards Photography    


With Ghost Citizens: Witnessing the Intervention

Exhibition to 14 July 2012
Curators: Djon Mundine OAM with Jo Holder

Ghost Citizens is about the removal of citizens’ rights by the Federal government’s 'intervention' in the Northern Territory (2007 to 2012), seen through the witnessing practices of 12 artists (Aboriginal and non-Indigenous). Legislation to extend the NT Intervention to any part of the country, as recently begun in Bankstown in Sydney, is now before the Senate.

Ghost Citizens: Witnessing the Intervention looks at the return to protectionist policy and the loss of citizenship rights, of the right to homelands and self-determination. As this exhibition coincides with the Sydney Biennale, it is a prompt that in Oz all are not equal.



Full talks:

Witnessing the Intervention – exhibition Curator Djon Mundine speaks on Ghost Citizens

Witnessing the Intervention - Paddy Gibson speaks