You Can Go Now + Q&A M

An older First Nations man pictured seated in front of a map of Australia on the wall. The words 'Paye the Rent' are painted over the map.
25 January
Arc Cinema
$12 / $10
Dir: Larissa Behrendt, M, Australia, 2022, 82mins, DCP,

WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are advised that the following program may contain images and/or audio of deceased persons.

First Nations artist Richard Bell proclaims himself an ‘activist masquerading as an artist’.

His confrontational work and attitudes have stirred the Australian art world while being lauded internationally. Schooled in Redfern’s rough-and-tumble politics, he defies the institutions of colonisation in Australia and asserts the rights of First Nations people everywhere. 

His scorching manifesto, Bell’s Theorem, has profoundly challenged the Australian art world, labelling the Aboriginal Art industry as a ‘white thing’ defined by colonial power structures. At a time when Australia is contemplating voice, truth and treaty, Bell’s ideas cannot be ignored.

Following the screening, director Larissa Behrendt and artist Richard Bell will join us for a Q&A session. 

This screening will be presented with closed captioning.

See also our free screening of Ningla A-Na (1972), the story of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, on 26 January 2023.



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