Just Not Australian – Artspace challenges contemporary Australian nationhood

The dichotomy between what is Australian and what is not Australian is explored by a range of Australian artists at Artspace. They look at ethical, moral, social and historical dimensions amongst others. They are largely challenging the colonial narrative and over-laying it with a First Nations reading of it.

For what is now a pejoritive expression, after former Prime Minister, John Howard used it to embody Australian values,  ‘un-Australian’ is now embraced as complimentary. It is addressed head on by various artists especially Soda Jerk in their brilliant film,Terror Nullius. Being un-Australian is a device that is used for political purposes and  those who are challenging the status quo. As that changes so does its’ connotations.




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