TextaQueen.

18C: Artists’ Responses to the Impending Amendment of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975

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TextaQueen: ‘Sticks and Stones’, 8 x 10 inch photograph, 2014.

Typography and photography by Grace Rosario Perkins.

This is my work about the power of words to support and normalise the direct (and structural) violence experienced by marginalised people. Made for an upcoming group exhibition at Blak Dot gallery, ‘18C’. 

‘18C’ is a quick response to the impending amendments by the Coalition Government which will remove sections 18B – E of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA). The Coalition has left a brief window to gauge community responses – so artists, writers and academics were requested to respond with a work on paper (photographic or pulp) to this change of the RDA. Incorporating many new and existing works ‘18C’ sends notice with visual, verbal and written work to ensure that this does not go unchallenged.

An open mic will part of the opening night for performances and responses throughout the evening. Documentation collated from the exhibition and opening night will be submitted to the office of the Australian Attorney General.

Exhibition at Blak Dot opens Thursday 17th April at 6.30pm.

"BLAK DOT GALLERY is a contemporary Indigenous run Arts Space that will showcase artworks of world Indigenous cultures. Our primary focus will be to highlight the diversity of our artists and new mediums." 

This exhibition features Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists.

Blak Dot Gallery
413 Lygon Street
East Brunswick
Melbourne VIC 3057
Australia

Hours of Operation
Thursday – Sunday
12 pm – 5 pm
Closed on Public Holidays

Wheel chair access available. Please contact gallery beforehand to make arrangements. info@blakdot.com.au.

Originally sold in March of 2013 to raise funds for the Allied Media Conference by the Healing Together Network, this poster is available again. Fabian Romero and I worked together on this and, with the consent of all involved, Fabian is reselling this lovely poster to support their writing. The original printing sold out very fast! 
Please visit http://fabianromero.bigcartel.com/ to purchase. 
Art work is by Texta Queen and poem by Fabian Romero.

The poem reads
"healing is not linear grief has no deadline your ancestors have carried you through anxiety and worry your body remembers and it is possible to feel that way again”
Consider buying this piece for your home, your organization or your classroom. There are options for pricing, you may find the right price for your income level.
Please purchase this poster to invest in the future of this wonderful indigenous immigrant queer boi writer, Fabian Romero.
More of Fabian’s writing at http://fabianswriting.tumblr.com/

Originally sold in March of 2013 to raise funds for the Allied Media Conference by the Healing Together Network, this poster is available again. Fabian Romero and I worked together on this and, with the consent of all involved, Fabian is reselling this lovely poster to support their writing. The original printing sold out very fast! 

Please visit http://fabianromero.bigcartel.com/ to purchase. 

Art work is by Texta Queen and poem by Fabian Romero.

The poem reads

"healing is not linear 
grief has no deadline 
your ancestors have carried you through anxiety and worry 
your body remembers 
and it is possible to feel that way again”

Consider buying this piece for your home, your organization or your classroom. There are options for pricing, you may find the right price for your income level.

Please purchase this poster to invest in the future of this wonderful indigenous immigrant queer boi writer, Fabian Romero.

More of Fabian’s writing at http://fabianswriting.tumblr.com/

TextaQueen Poster Sale until end of April

TextaQueen posters, printed on premium quality poster stock, are now $7 - 10 each. Prices will stay as they are until current stock is sold out. But if you order before the end of April AND enter the code POSTERSALE at checkout, your poster(s) will be discounted 50%, even posters already on sale. Truly affordable art. Shipped from either Australia or the USA, depending on where you order from. 

Visit my online store. 

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→ Contemporary art and the cutting edge of cultural appropriation.

Photos from TQ Self/Portrait Movie Poster Drawing Workshop @ Casula Powerhouse

Photos from my Self/portrait fictional movie poster workshop for International Women’s Day, @ Casula Powerhouse, in the west of Sydney. 

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Photo 1: Shevonne, Cherie and Supichay working on their pics (thanks for letting me take your photo and put it up here!)

[image description: three high school students sit at a desk, two across from the other, all with expressions of concentration, drawing pictures with felt-tip markers that are also scattered across table. The youth facing us on left wears a green hoodie, is light brown skinned with dark hair tied back with a part, her picture says ‘INDEPENDANCE in red writing. The youth in middle wears a white blouse, is colouring in yellow next to her drawing of a face, she has paler skin and brown hair covers part of her face. The third youth, sitting opposite the other two, has dark hair and light brown skin, we can’t see her face. Her picture is of a long haired person carrying a handbag]

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Photo 2: Shevonne with her movie poster “INDEPENDANCE” (a great spelling mistake, I think)

[image description: Same youth from previous pic who was sitting on left. She has a very slight, shy smile looking towards the piece of paper she holds featuring a marker drawing where a long haired person drawn in black and white stands on top of a brown building. The person is chopping off the head of a dragon with the sword in their right hand. At the bottom, over the building is the word “INDEPENDANCE” in drippy red writing like blood]

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Photo 3: A movie poster portrait drawing ‘BE witched’. I didnt write down this person’s name but she said I could put the picture up here! 

[image description: A pencil and felt-tip marker drawing on a table with marks of paint flecked on it. The drawing says “BE” and then under that “Witched” in scratchy black font, a green eyed feminine face (eyes/nose/mouth) is in centre of page, staring eerily. There are three thought bubbles around the face, inside each a masculine person is doing a domestic chore such as hanging clothes and washing dishes. Underneath the text reads “Using her powers to control MEN”]

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Photo 4: Supichay with her drawing “The Worth Escape” about a person’s decision to try to get a job instead of staying in school. 

[image description: A light brown-skinned youth with black hair and black rimmed glasses wearing a white blouse  smiles while holding up her drawing. At top of drawing on left are some school building in black and white, on top right corner are some school text books, falling. Below that a skirt in dark blue falls. A person with neon yellow hair and a long plait one side and the other side brown into a tip at shoulder, covering the face, wears a red tank top and brown pants, She is shedding off a school uniform and carries a brown satchel bag. Under this the words “THE WORTH ESCAPE” are written in black and white movie poster font, slanted into each other]

Thanks to all the students who attended the workshop, as well as the artists’ talks and panel at Casula Powerhouse. I loved running a workshop with a large proportion of shy brown kids because I used to be one of them. I might have cried in front of some of the art if I wasn’t so professional(!). I must remember to stress (more) how sizest the old movie posters I show as reference points are. I encouraged them to draw themselves, and though many of them seemed to represent themselves as manga style characters, there was a heap of originality and enthusiasm amongst the shyness. 

TQ & International Women’s Day this Friday and Saturday.

TextaQueen will be giving an artist’s talk and be on a panel at Casula Powerhouse this Friday 7th March on International Women’s Day* from 9.30-12noon (including tea breaks etc) to be followed by art workshops for high school students.

Casual Powerhouse 1 Powerhouse Rd, Casula NSW 2170 Australia
(02) 9824 1121

next to Casula train station. Venue is wheelchair accessible. 

Also..

TextaQueen on a women of colour radio panel for Women on the Line hosted by Areej Nur with Eugenia Flynn that will air at 2pm this Saturday 8th March on 3CR 855AM as part of their 24hrs of women’s programming. Listen live here. 

*Transwomen, especially transwomen of colour, experience some of the most intense marginalisation of all women. This is a post about transwomen and International Women’s Day from 2012 by Monica Roberts. I have asked the organiser about intention for transwomen inclusivity and for not playing into the myths of gender=biology / gender essentialism in the discussion panel. 

TQ on panel at National Gallery of Victoria tomorrow March 1st at 10.30am.

TextaQueen will be talking on a panel ‘Art, Race and Politics’ in the foyer of the National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Road this Sat 1 March at 10.30am with Brian McKinnon, Van Rudd and Paul Kalemba. This should be interesting…

AN OPEN DISCUSSION ON CONTEMPORARY FORMS OF CULTURAL APPROPRIATION.

TUESDAY 25 FEBRUARY, 6PM – 8PM, FREE EVENT, BOOKINGS NOT NECESSARY

Recent debates have raised a number of questions about the nature and ethics of western artistic practices that appropriate from nonwestern cultures. This forum intends to explore the colonial history of cultural appropriation in Australia, and to reflect on what continuities exist between contemporary and historical forms and strategies of appropriation.

Gertrude Contemporary Assembly is hosting this forum to extend and expand on the recent dialogue surrounding these issues following the exhibition of work by Melbourne fashion label P.A.M –by presenting voices that have direct experience in the issues at stake, and by providing a space for open discussion.

Speakers:

Paola Balla was a curator in the Melbourne Indigenous Arts Festival in 2012. She is an artist, community arts practitioner, Indigenous studies lecturer and, most recently, a Victorian Indigenous Art Award (VIAA) winner.

Texta Queen uses the humble felt-tip pen to explore politics of sexuality, gender, race and identity in tangent with ideas of self-image and inter-personal relationships.They have exhibited widely nationally and internationally for over 15 years and their work is held in the collections of major Australian art institutions.Texta also writes about race and racism.They are currently based between Melbourne and the Bay Area, California.

Dr. Odette Kelada is a lecturer in Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. Odette Kelada researches
and publishes on whiteness,race and gender in Australian writing and the arts. Key interests include the constructions of nation,body and identity in creative representations and the pedagogy of racial literacy.

Dianne Jones is an artist whose work deals with indigenous identity and cultural history.She is represented by Niagara Galleries. She also teaches a racial literacy course with Odette Kelada.

Assembly is a platform for open discussion in reponse to current events and ideas.

FOR ALL MEDIA ENQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT:

Pip Wallis, Curator – Communications Telephone +61 3 9419 3406
Email pip@gertrude.org.au
Gertrude Contemporary

200 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065 www.gertrude.org.au 

There are a few steps up into the gallery, but the gallery has a removable wheelchair ramp that can be put down on request. 

 

→ An open letter to Biennale of Sydney artists from the refugee community :

riserefugee:

Monday 17th February 2014

Dear Artists,

RISE: Refugees, Survivors and Ex-Detainees, is the first organisation in Australia to be governed entirely by refugees and asylum seekers. RISE consists of over 30 different refugee communities in Australia and exists to enable refugees and asylum seekers…

contains graphic descriptions of violence

TQ talking about upcoming Cultural Appropriation and the Arts Forum.

TextaQueen will be on Queering the Air on 3CR Community Radio 855AM today, Sunday 16th February (3-4pm) to talk about an upcoming forum at Gertrude Contemporary Art Spaces in Fitzroy Melbourne on cultural appropriation and the arts on Tuesday March 25th. More details about the forum will be posted this week.

Listen live to Queering the Air here.

Image: Video still from "p.a.m. - it’s a white thing"

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[image caption: close up of wooden cut out of white woman with braided hair in head scarf and face paint posed with hands in prayer. On her cheek is a sticker of a speech bubble with the words ‘I’m just so bored of being white’]

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