Stolen Australia: the ferocious anti-colonial art of Helen Johnson
From fat landowners farting the national anthem to gentlemanly chaps passing round bribes, Helen Johnson tells the ugly truth about how Australia was carved up
There’s theft afoot at Helen Johnson’s new show. Landgrab, pilfering, palm greasing, misappropriation and straight-up burglary all sneak into Warm Ties, her suite of paintings that bring the crimes of Australia’s colonisers back to their place of origin.
The exhibition takes place at the ICA, on the Mall in central London. “I was thinking about its context here, in such close proximity to power in the UK,” says the Melbourne-based artist, whose slight build and soft speech conceal a political ferocity. “It provided an opportunity to make work about the power structures the UK sent out to Australia when it was colonised.”
1. ICA：the Institute of Contemporary Arts今世艺术馆，坐落伦敦市外围，展览一些现代画作、影片等。个中有些展览也曾惹起热议。
A building in central London where modern paintings, films etc are shown. Some of its exhibitions cause a lot of argument and discussion.
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