* A4 in Dimension (210x297mm)
* Archival pigment print
* Paper: Canson PrintMaKing Rag 310gsm
“Teach my history” is about my frustration with the biased historical rhetoric that is widely accepted in Australian universities, high schools, art galleries and other places of cultural significance. Bla(c)k history is not widely known, celebrated, or acknowledged. It has been denied, replaced and retold instead, by the colonial powers at hand. I am not mad at the individuals who are working to understand and learn my culture.
Because to be honest, I’m learning my own truths beside you. Instead what angers me is the environments that create our culture of ignorance. The systems that influence generations of children into believing that indigenous voices, history and sovereignty are unimportant and something not connected to themselves. We must acknowledge the past in order to move forward.
But this starts in our own homes, schools and workplaces. There is so much we can learn from Indigenous history, that can help solve and inform many of the problems we face today. But it starts with you. This painting stands at over 3 meters tall and was originally painted as a mural in one of the main hallways of the (Queen) Victorian College of the Arts, at Melbourne University.
It was eventually taken down by university staff, after being up for only one morning.