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Darren Blackman

DARREN BLACKMAN | 'Land Belonging to Nobody: Falsehood' | Acrylic / Wu (ochre) / Charcoal on Paper

DARREN BLACKMAN | 'Land Belonging to Nobody: Falsehood' | Acrylic / Wu (ochre) / Charcoal on Paper

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Darren Blackman is a cultural urban artist from the Gureng Gureng and Gangalu Nations of the Fraser Coast. A printmaker, painter, musician and soundscape artist, Blackman's expression is a learned and lived experience culminating into bold textured works applying the symbolic colours of the Australian First Nations Flag.

Growing up in a mainstream community on the Sunshine Coast during the corrupt Bjelke-Peterson State Government era, constant negative news cycles concerning First Nations people, biased policing and Government policy drives Blackman's expression. His work centres around circumstances evolved from a post colonial system, that censors truth while oppresses the sovereign rights of his clan.

Language is a powerful tool that is used by institutions to influence, write law and imbue false narratives into the Australian psyche. In the form of text, Blackman uses language in a variety of interpretations to pick apart falsehoods and policies, while passing on messages of elders, that he reworks into contemporary artworks for the future generations of his clan, and the wider community to consider. 

DARREN BLACKMAN | 'Land Belonging to Nobody: Falsehood' | 2020 | 56 (h) x 76 (w) cm | Acrylic / Wu (Ochre) / Charcoal on Hahnemuehle paper 

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