australian indigenous art
Warwick Thornton on his images of Indigenous children in 'fast-food suicide vests'
The film-maker’s new exhibition in Melbourne carries a blunt message about health issues facing the next generation of Indigenous kids in Australia
By Melissa Davey

“For people in these communities, eating junk food was not merely a lifestyle choice, she said. “People say to drink water from the taps, but some of the water in these communities is not safe to drink, so sugary drinks become a cheap alternative,” Doyle says.“People tell them to give their children two pieces of fruit each day, but if an orange [in remote area communities] costs $5 and you have four children, that’s half your pension packet gone.“You can’t expect people to be broke and have their kids go hungry for the sake of meeting fruit and vegetable quotas. So if a packet of chips costs $1.50, that’s what you’ll buy.”“


Yesterday I visited the exhibit, Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia at the Harvard Art Museum. It was an incredibly moving experience. The exhibit was designed around these major ideas, transformations, seasonality, performance, and remembrance. The included in the exhibition was a combination of at traditional indigenous Australian art and culture and reactionary contemporary indigenous artwork. 

The exhibition was very charged and powerful. You could feel the emotion, importance in each artwork. This was by far one of the best exhibitions I’ve been to in a while, I definitely recommend visiting it if you are in the area. 

The artwork pictured: 

Photo 2: Untitled (Detail), Naata Nugurrayi, 2006

Photo 3: Hideout,  Lena Nyadbi, 2002

Photo 4: Untitled (Detail), Doreen Reid Nakamarra, 2007

Photo 5: Anwerlarr angerr (Big Yam), Emily Kam Kngwarray, 1996