Sedition Arts Festival – 15 October to 14 November 2020
The SEDITION festival is in its second year, an art trail that snakes through Sydney from Chinatown to Potts Point.
Artists include Brooke Andrew, Blak Douglas, Reg Mombassa, Julie Rapp, Luke Sciberras, Tamara Dean, Susan O’Doherty, Claudia Chan Shaw, Jason Wing, Destiny Deacon, Stuart Spence, Toby Zoates, Meg Hewitt, Anne Zahalka, Fiona Lowry and Fiona Hall.
The works relate to issues in the public discourse – Black Lives Matter, sexism, anti-science, Australia vs China, climate change and the toxic side of Australian culture.
Curated by Lesa-Belle Furhagen
Image – ‘Cake’ textile sculpture 95 x 40 x 30cm (stainless steel knife, latex, textiles and wood)
‘Cake’ represents Australia and the European colonisers who divided up the land for themselves using the pretence of terra-nullius, ignoring the fact that it was occupied by the First Australians who had been here for 60,000 years. Though I have denoted one tiny sweet slice for the Aboriginals, even that is not true, it is a token slice to assuage the guilt of the thieves. The British brought with them their concept of land and property ownership with no regard or comprehension that Aboriginal people did not have such a concept. They were custodians who were made to endure the pain of occupation and dispossession. Even today we have not resolved systemic racism or come to terms with our brutal past.