When the Sky Fell: Legacies of the 1967 Referendum

The Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts is currently playing host to an exhibition of work responding to the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum which recognised Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as Australians for the first time. Considered by many to be a major turning point within the context of Indigenous affairs, the exhibition explores the range of consequences the Referendum result had on Indigenous Australians – some of these effects positive, some negative, many unanticipated and many still ongoing. Presenting distinguished artists working in both traditional and contemporary media, belonging to Aboriginal communities located across Western Australia, the show presents a matrix of multi-layered, sometimes overlapping, sometimes conflicting perspectives on a pivotal national event.

Main image: ‘Larrgen’ (2011) by Peter Newry, courtesy PICA.

Where: Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, 51 James Street, Perth

When: Until Sun 20 August

How much: Free!

More info: PICA website

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