Peter Kennedy, John Hughes

On Sacred Land


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In Tate Modern

Level 3: A Year in Art: Australia 1992

Level 3: A Year in Art: Australia 1992
Peter Kennedy born 1945
John Hughes born 1948
Video, colour and sound (stereo)
Duration: 14min, 26sec
Tate and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, with support from the Qantas Foundation 2015, purchased 2017

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On Sacred Land addresses attempts to impose Western culture and capitalist values onto Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Combining photographs, drawings, archive footage and newly filmed scenes, it presents images of exploitation and resistance. These include photographs of slavery, and a drawing by 19th-century Aboriginal artist Tommy McRae depicting a corroboree (a meeting of Aboriginal people, usually for a celebration or ritual). Contemporary scenes show Aboriginal protests against the takeover of sacred sites for mining and oil drilling.

Gallery label, July 2021

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