Australian Artivism from the Heart



Year of publication 2023
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description My presentation introduces the main tenets of artivism, which relates art and activism. It will provide a short survey of contemporary artivist endeavours in Australia, drawing attention to several related artivist streams, such as environmental, social justice, political activism, etc. I will then turn to Indigenous artivism as stemming from the confluence of the long history of both Indigenous political activism as well as artistic practice. Selected artivist works of Indigenous artists such as Aretha Brown, Dean Cross, Charlotte Allingham, Thea Anamara Perkins and others will be presented, pointing to the role of emotions such as empathy, grief, sorrow, or anxiety, alongside the intellectual engagement in addressing particularly settler audiences.
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