It has been 50 years since the Federal Referendum that recommended the removal of two clauses which were discriminating against Indigenous Australians. The referendum had the highest YES results ever recorded – 90.77%.
However the consequence of this referendum has had both positive and negative influences on Indigenous Australians. This exhibition features artwork from Indigenous Australians depicting their thoughts and feelings about what the referendum meant for them.
“Australia” – featured above is the work of John Prince Siddon.
“Born in 1964 in Derby, John Prince Siddon is the son of Pompey Siddon, who was one of the founding painters at Mangkaja Arts Resource Agency at Fitzroy Crossing in the East Kimberley of Western Australia. John lives and practices in Fitzroy Crossing, working in a range of diverse mediums including boab nut carving, painting and scratching into enamel on tin objects. Siddon creatively utilises found objects to relate narratives that ‘appear in his head’, particularly addressing a time ‘before kartiya (white men) came’. Sometimes his work features grand narratives of epic battles, animals engaged in life or death struggles and he employs ‘windows’ or visual spaces in his work that direct the viewer to the important subject matter.”
Source – PICA – pica.org.au
“When the Sky Fell” is a unique exhibition featuring artwork depicting this momentous time and event in Australia’s history.
Where: PICA – Perth Cultural Centre, 51 James Street – Northbridge
When: 2 July to 20 August.