Vernon Ah Kee: not an animal or a plant - Darlinghurst

Vernon Ah Kee, George Sibley (detail) 2008, acrylic, charcoal and crayon on canvas, 180 x 240 cm.

11:00am to 5:00pm Wednesday 22 February 2017 (Daily event)

Presented in association with Sydney Festival, this solo exhibition by internationally renowned Australian artist Vernon Ah Kee is a thought-provoking portrait of black and white political issues, attitudes and ideologies. From masterful drawings of his forebears to text-based installations and paintings, Ah Kee weaves together the history and language of colonisation to expose the underlying racism in contemporary Australian society.
The project marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 referendum which which amended the constitution to remove provisions that racially discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, including their omission in the national Census. When Vernon Ah Kee was born in far north Queensland, he was not counted as a citizen.

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