25 February – 2 May 2010
Presented by Tandanya – National Aboriginal Cultural Institute
Putsch examines White definitions and expectations placed upon Aboriginal artists and aims to redefine these ‘rules’ and create a new vision which is dictated by the artists on their own terms.
“The worst type of censorship is not from the Police, the Government Bureaucrats, the Censorship Board, the Church or the Community; it comes from within. We won’t sensor ourselves.” Gordon Hookey, 2009.
proppaNOW are provocative, challenging, mischievous Aboriginal agitators, who challenge people through thoughtful confrontation and by offering new perspectives on how we, as a society, define ‘Aboriginal’ art. Putsch is also visually challenging, with large scale works including painting, sculpture, installation, printmaking, photography and video installation.
This exhibition will see proppaNOW exhibit outside of Queensland for the first time in its current form. All accomplished in their own right, the artists work looks to overthrow mainstream misconceptions, regarding institutionalised racism, stereotypes, urban myths and romanticised views of Colonial Australia.
“This is a rare and exciting opportunity for Adelaide to see new work by some of the most in demand artists both nationally and internationally. proppaNOW’s work is as outspoken and diverse as the individual’s themselves.” Says Liz Nowell, Visual Arts Manager at Tandanya and curator of Putsch
The Brisbane based artist collective comprises of eight artists;
Vernon Ah Kee (Venice Biennale 2009)
Richard Bell (Winner of the 2003 National Telstra Aboriginal Art Award)
“proppaNOW provides a constantly innovative approach to Aboriginal Art and urban expression in Australia and the position that is ascribed to Aboriginal people and culture within the national Australian context.” Vernon Ah Kee, 2004.
This exhibition contains material that may offend.