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a) Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi [UnAustralian], performance, Artspace, May 2 - May 3, 2003 b) UnAustralian, performance, Artspace, May 2 - May 3, 2003

2003


Artist

Mike Parr

Australia

1945 -


About

"At 6pm on Friday May 2, in the presence of the public, an assistant will begin sewing up my face. My face is sewn into a bind. Godot has left for Iraq and the bewildered Australian amputee has followed him! I sit still facing the audience. Through Friday night, all day Saturday. A small Australian flag hangs limply from the stump of my left arm. On the wall behind me is lettered a vast field of lyrical aggression, interspersed with newspaper head-lines BLOODBATH, HUNTING PACK, FILLING HOLES IN A BULLET-RIDDLED NATION, KILLING ROOM, HUNDREDS OF VICTIMS IN COFFINS, CHILDREN WERE BURNED ALIVE, CRITICS BRANDED WITH HOT IRONS, END GAME, WE ARE CLOSER TO THE CENTRE OF THE IRAQI CAPITAL THAN MANY AMERICAN COMMUTERS ARE TO THEIR DOWNTOWN OFFICES, PLEASE DON'T HATE OUR DADS etc, etc. At 6pm on Saturday night until midnight Democratic Torture begins. By touching a hotspot on their screens the Global audience can shock my exhausted face..."

Mike Parr, statement accompanying the performance at Artspace, 2-3 May 2003

Photographers: Paul Green (Colour), Felizitas Parr (B&W)


Details


Date

2003


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

two digital photographs drymounted to aluminium


Edition

1/3


Dimensions

a - Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi [UnAustralian],; 100 x 100 cm

b - UnAustralian, performance, Artspace, May 2 - May 3


Credit

Gift of Geoff and Vicki Ainsworth, Andrew and Cathy Cameron, Michael Whitworth and Candice Bruce; through the Contemporary Collection Benefactors 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

360.2003.a-b


Artist information

Mike Parr

Works in the collection

89