An activist masquerading as an artist.
During this year's NAIDOC Week, the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia hosts two screenings of 'You Can Go Now!' about contemporary Aboriginal artist and provocateur Richard Bell.
This film looks at the life, provocative work and writings of First Nations artist, Richard Bell. It reveals the ‘two Richards’ – ‘Richie’ the provocateur and enfant terrible of the art world who challenges its whiteness and the Richard who spent his childhood living in a tin shed, learnt his politics on the streets of Redfern and is known in his own community as an activist. His polemics and creative outputs provide a lens through which to consider the last 50 years of First Nations activism in Australia and its links to global protest movements.
Running time: 1 hour 22 minutes
Born 1953, Charleville, Queensland. Lives and works in Brisbane. Richard Bell is a descendant of the Kamilaroi, Kooma, Jiman and Gurang Gurang peoples. An activist and artist, Bell works across video, painting, installation and text to pose provocative, complex and humorous challenges to our preconceived ideas of Aboriginal art, as well as addressing contemporary debates around identity, place and politics.
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