Adam Geczy and Blak Douglas' exhibition, BOMB, at the AAMU
Sydney College of the Arts Senior Lecturer, Adam Geczy, and Blak Douglas' (aka Adam Hill) exhibition, BOMB, will be on display at the AAMU from 11 June 2013 to 5 January 2014. AAMU, based in The Netherlands, is the only museum in Europe that is entirely dedicated to contemporary Aboriginal art from Australia.
Philosopher, author and art historian Lieven De Cauter, lecturer at the University of Leuven, will give a talk on the Art and Activism in the Age of Globalization at the exhibition opening on Thursday 20 June, from 4.30 to 7pm. The key work of the exhibition, BOMB, will then be unveiled in a special way during the opening.
Groups of white Australians, themselves immigrants in a land where the Aboriginal population had been living for thousands of years, are saying that immigrants should leave the country. Why has Aboriginal art been embraced by the art market and skyrocketed in value, a development which contrasts starkly with the daily reality of the lives of the Aboriginal population? How can there be reconciliation when there has never been any equality between the Aboriginal population and the European-Australian population?
BOMB is a confronting and provocative, but also humorous, multimedia spectacle in which Blak Douglas and Adam Geczy depict themes such as extreme nationalism, racism, discrimination and xenophobia in video, photography, murals, installations and performances.
BOMB is part of the program that Utrecht Museums are presenting in connection with the 300th anniversary of the Treaty of Utrecht. The Treaty brought peace to Europe, but the consequences of the ensuing colonial wars fought with the original populations of colonies can still be felt and seen today - including in Australia. BOMB shows a different side to the legendary peace treaties.
Trailer for BOMB
AAMU Museum of contemporary Aboriginal art