OPENING // 21 May 2014, 6pm
EXHIBITION // 21 May – 7 June 2014
ARTIST TALK // 28 May, 6pm
FRIDAY NIGHT // 6 June, from 5.30pm onwards
METRO ARTS GALLERY, Level 2
The Blaktism, a new video work by Megan Cope, is a high-energy performance and ritual that sees a young female “Fair-Skinned Aborigine” undertake a sacred ceremony in which she receives the rite of authenticity validated by cultural authorities ever present in the Australian cultural landscape.
The sacred ceremony itself (too mystical to discuss in media ephemera) results in a satirical cultural assimilation dance party whereby all Australians are liberated, celebrated equally and transgressively renewed through physical and gestural adjustments.
The Blaktism seeks to challenge audience members with subterranean racism within popular culture. It shows the absurd nature of racial classification and disdain for cultural self-determination in 21st century Australia. Inspired by Megan Copeʼs recent experience in obtaining her ‘Certificate of Aboriginality’; this pop video ultimately interrogates notions of identity, power and Australian social history.