Poly-Australis: Reimagining Papunya mark-making and issues of blackface

Installation view 2017 TARNANTHI: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art, featuring Tiger Yaltangki, Nyunmiti Burton, Kwementyay (Gladdy) Kemarre, Dean Cross and Yarrenyty Arltere Artists, Art Gallery of South Australia

Worimi artist Dean Cross questions and challenges ideas of identity and authenticity in his work ‘Poly-Australis’, exhibited at Tarnanthi Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art.

His mark-making is a statement in response to a set of photographs entitled ‘Australians’ that only depicts white people.

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