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Richard Bell's Embassy in Cairns, July 2016. Photograph by Colyn Huber.

Richard Bell’s Embassy at the IMA

24 September 2016 – 2:00PM-6:30PM

Event Type: Projects

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In 1972, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy was established on the parliamentary lawns in Canberra to challenge the status, treatment, and rights of Aboriginal people in Australia. As a direct quotation of this activist strategy of protest, Richard Bell’s own Embassy (2013–) is a public space for imagining and articulating alternate futures and reflecting on or retelling stories of oppression and displacement.

In 2015, the IMA co-produced Embassy for Performa 15 in New York, and in July took the work to Cairns in partnership with KickArts Contemporary Arts and the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair. On Saturday 24 September we present Embassy in Brisbane at the IMA for a full afternoon of events hosted by Richard Bell.


Saturday 24 September

Embassy panel discussion: Black Power
Featuring Richard Bell, Cheryl Buchanan, Dale Ruska, and Sam Watson

Embassy panel discussion: Blakademia
Featuring Richard Bell, Dr Chris Matthews, Dr Aileen Moreton-Robinson, and Dr Sandra Phillips

Embassy panel discussion: Contemporary Resistance
Featuring Richard Bell, Merindah Donnelly, and Pekeri Ruska

Embassy talk: Leesa Watego wraps up*

*Leesa Watego will be live-tweeting during Embassy. Use #AboriginalEmbassy to follow along, and stay up to date with the event via Facebook.

With thanks to Milani Gallery, Brisbane, and TweetBeam.