Destiny Deacon "Walk and Don't Look Blak"

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

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This show, Deacon's first solo exhibition, which was first held at the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art and then travelled to New Zealand, was arranged so that it could travel to Japan. Deacon, who is Australia's leading indigenous (aboriginal) artist, makes work which deals with contemporary society from an incisive point of view. Recognised not only in Australia and Asia, it has featured in the 2002 Documenta (a quinquennial contemporary art fair held in Kassel in Germany); it has been discussed in special articles in art magazines and has been the focus of attention all over Europe and America. This show presents photographs, videos, installations and objects from the 13 years of Deacon's artistic activity.
She develops her creative activity through television, newspapers, the internet, DVDs, videos and books. Her work, which can be called "Coolie Kitsch" features the motifs of kitchen cloths, dolls and other tourist souvenirs as products for the consumer market, which expresses the point of views held by white Australians towards Aborigines. By magnifying or shrinking the histories hidden in the subject of her work, and by controlling stillness and motion, she shatters people's preconceptions and urges them to consider the bigger picture and not just individual aspects of an issue. Her work expresses the pathos, humour and tragedy that lies inherent in our interpretation of human identity. While it is of course visually very appealing, it brings to the fore the social problems faced by Aborigines living in the Australian urban environment.

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From 2006-04-29 To 2006-06-11

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Destiny Deacon

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Destiny Deacon: "Walk & Don't Look Blak"

Black baby dolls are venturing out into the Australian outback to reclaim the land that was taken from them by white colonists 200 years ago.

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