(Australia 1945– )
a - Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oi, Oi, Oi [UnAustralian],; 100 x 100cm
b - UnAustralian, performance, Artspace, May 2 - May 3
"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)