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Therese Ritchie: Why Pauline Hanson 2.0 is like a saltwater crocodile

Therese Ritchie: Why Pauline Hanson 2.0 is like a saltwater crocodile

Bob GosfordSep 30, 2016

The next time Pauline Hanson says “I speak for the people of Australia,” remember this: she will steal your integrity, roll you until you choke on your own terror, and if she can’t swallow you whole, she will drag you down and stash you in a dark forgotten place until you rot, simply because she prefers to feed on putrefied flesh.

What to do with Pauline Hanson 2.0? Take the piss ...

What to do with Pauline Hanson 2.0? Take the piss ...

Bob GosfordSep 30, 2016

20 years ago not everyone supported our approach of using humour and satire: I would hardly claim to have a monopoly on a “correct” response to the viciousness of racism. However, Therese and I did not sit on our hands: nor should the current arts community.

'Pig Iron' Bob Menzies. From the other side of the cultural divide

'Pig Iron' Bob Menzies. From the other side of the cultural divide

Bob GosfordSep 25, 20163 Comments

It is interesting that Howard, only the second PM to lose an election along with his seat now clings to Menzies as if to wipe out that historic defeat. Growing up under Menzies was an enervating experience: no wonder so many urban Australians got out, from Patrick White to Richard Neville and beyond: Chips Mackinolty

Blacks in the back cunts in the front. New work by Therese Ritchie

Blacks in the back cunts in the front. New work by Therese Ritchie

Bob GosfordSep 25, 2016

Blacks in the back, cunts in the front and the response to it, is emblematic of how non-indigenous Australia embraces and yet looks away from aboriginal people at the same time. This ruptured thinking process is the stringy bond with our earlier task of occupying, claiming and settling Australia, in particular the ‘wilderness consciousness’ that in its day encouraged mate-ship, an easy going attitude, and above all, manners (you could not swear at the dinner table or in front of your mother) whilst allowing rape and killing to be seen as pragmatic.

Vincent Lingiari Art Awards - David Frank is the CLC Delegate's Choice

Vincent Lingiari Art Awards - David Frank is the CLC Delegate's Choice

Bob GosfordAug 16, 2016

Mr Frank’s painting captured the hearts and minds of our elected members,” said Central Land Council chair Francis Kelly.

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Willie "Po' Monkey" Seaberry - a Delta life lived large

Bob GosfordJul 16, 2016

Clearly built without the aid of an architect, Po' Monkey's Lounge crazy structure sat in the middle of a cotton field — a mile and a half off Highway 61.

Rayella and the Australian Opera Chamber Orchestra, Tennant Creek 1 July 2016

Rayella and the Australian Opera Chamber Orchestra, Tennant Creek 1 July 2016

Bob GosfordJul 1, 2016

Vale Judy Napangardi Watson, 1925 - 2016 - Warlpiri artist and force of nature

Vale Judy Napangardi Watson, 1925 - 2016 - Warlpiri artist and force of nature

Bob GosfordMay 19, 2016

Many Warlpiri, like Judy Napangardi, elected to use the wildest, most inventive of palettes to represent their country and as a means of re-affirming their relationship with it

In Deus ex Dynamita. A Kalymnian Easter in Darwin

In Deus ex Dynamita. A Kalymnian Easter in Darwin

Bob GosfordMay 3, 2016

In Darwin, the Kalymnian dynamite ritual signifies the collective will of a small people defying the global trend towards homogenisation and celebrating their collective individuality with a bang, not a whimper.

La ricchizza di la terra - Mustra di stampi di Chips Mackinolty.

La ricchizza di la terra - Mustra di stampi di Chips Mackinolty.

Bob GosfordMay 1, 20168 Comments

Ancora s’usanu i cascittìna e cascìtti ca vennu aggiustati sempri ‘nfina a chi nunni ponnu cchiù. Quannu su assai vecchi si portanu o furnu pi ligna d’abbruçiari, e u furnaru fa pani, sfinciuni e avutri cosi. Inveçi, quannu sunnu novi, hannu i targhettina belli culurati ca parinu tanti quatretti di sissant’anni ‘nnarreri.

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