Darren Blackman, Conflicting Values: Culture is our Capital, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 90 x 120 cm. Courtesy of the artist.
Paintings on canvas created in 2019, for the Bundaberg Regional Gallery exhibition Trade Lines - tracking Indigenous trade and culture through arts.
As a proud Gureng Gureng/Gangalu man from Queensland’s central coast with Kanak South Sea Island heritage from Vanuatu, Blackman grew up in the Sunshine Coast town of Nambour and has been living and working throughout the Far North and Western Queensland since 1995.
Touching on oral history from his Elders and reworking those messages, Expose the Gap, also channels Blackman’s observations, and is a culmination of his lived experience, witness to wide Aboriginal perspectives and mainstream political and media inference.
Through this work, Blackman speaks to some of the issues at the centre of the Australian Government’s Close the Gap campaign, that set intent to achieve health, education and employment equality by 2030 and reduce the seventeen year life-expectancy gap between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous peoples.