2005/0149.a-c Walk to Amen (triptych)

Walk to Amen (triptych)

Artist

Clinton NAIN
Torres Strait Islander/Indigenous; Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
1971
 in
Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria

Artwork

Title
Walk to Amen (triptych)
Date
2005
Medium/Material
acrylic, bitumen, ink on canvas
Dimensions
35.5 x 28 cm each (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 2005
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2005/0149.a-c
Currently not on display

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Curatorial insightWalk to Amen with its bitumen base physically and literally incorporates a type of road that was reluctantly trodden by Indigenous people in history. The targets in the work are Indigenous people, targeted for re-education, assimilation, to be cleaned up and sanitised both physically and spiritually. The cross, an intentionally loaded symbol, is in this case white. It confronts the viewer with the notion of white-washing and ‘bleaching out’ of not only physical ‘colour’ of Aboriginal people but language, culture and spirituality by the introduction of a foreign religion, rules, norms, expectations and ways of living. (AGWA 2005)

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