October 22

CERTIFIED AUSTRALIAN

Hardy Lohse

Hardy Lohse

Martin James and Hardy Lohse are two local legends who have serious concerns about the ways Australia is dealing with the global (and regional) issue of how to accommodate refugees. In recent times both have focussed on aspects of this problem through their work, Hardy with photo media and Marty with print media. For both artists its been tricky producing works that communicate the ideas to the broader audience. Marty’s prints suggest that Captain Cook’s Endeavour was a far greater problem for Aboriginal People that leaky boats are for Australia today. Invasion anyone ? Hardy’s enormous photographic works with images of people from may different cultural backgrounds raise questions about decisions regarding suitability. How and who decides what and who is Australian. Hardy is clearly suggesting that “racism” lurks at the bottom of current Australian attitudes and policy … and while these are difficult ideas to convey visually, this time Hardy has nailed it. Don’t miss these two exhibitions at ANCA until 9 November.