2017/0053 Protest

Protest

Artist

Julie DOWLING
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
30 Jan 1969
 in
Subiaco, Perth, Western Australia

Artwork

Title
Protest
Date
1999
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer paint, red ochre and metallic paint on canvas
Dimensions
100.0 x 120.0 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Gift of Brigitte Braun, 2017
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2017/0053
Currently not on display

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This painting is about the many faces of First Nation people at a protestrally or march.My first protest march was in 1984 when I was fifteen years old. Theone I remember the most, with pride, was protesting the bicentennial‘celebrations’ in 1988. Thousands of people were marching againstgovernment propaganda, telling us to assimilate by celebrating ourinvasion, and wanting us to call ourselves ‘Australian Aboriginals’. Wewere all branded as ‘unpatriotic’ and ‘un-Australian’ by the media andpoliticians.I met many of my kin and friends in Perth as we marched together. Whenyou march in a peaceful rally and are surrounded by angry racist people,and police are trying to stop you from marching, you realise what yourelders and ancestors knowledge mean to you. It ultimately means lifeand freedom; your life and your freedom are worth fighting for.

Artist statement, 2018This painting is about the many faces of First Nation people at a protest rally or march. My first protest march was in 1984 when I was fifteen years old. The one I remember the most, with pride, was protesting the bicentennial 'celebrations' in 1988. Thousands of people were marching against government propaganda, telling us to assimilate by celebrating our invasion, and wanting us to call ourselves 'Australian Aboriginals'. We were all branded as 'unpatriotic' and 'un-Australian' by the media and politicians. I met many of my kin and friends in Perth as we marched together. When you march in a peaceful rally and are surrounded by angry racist people, and police are trying to stop you from marching, you realise what your elders and ancestors’ knowledge mean to you. It ultimately means life and freedom; your life and your freedom are worth fighting for.

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