The Revolution Will Not Be Aestheticised

Warraba Weatherall (Kamilaroi) (QLD)

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A Next Wave x Metro Arts co-commission

How do we see the world around us when the dominant visual language is determined by colonial histories and capital?

In The Revolution Will Not Be Aestheticised, artist Warraba Weatherall draws on archival materials and systems of Australian politics, education, and media to demonstrate how racial stereotypes are seeded in colonial doctrine and perpetuated by Western scientific knowledge systems. Through video and sculpture, Weatherall thinks through conceptions of his own Kamilaroi heritage, and builds on an existing dialogue of contemporary cultural identity to make loud the silent violence of Australia’s visual cultures.

Content Warnings

This work contains some mature themes. 

Mature themes: themes relating to abuse of power and privilege, themes of racism and references to racism and references to oppression.  

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The Revolution Will Not Be Aestheticised is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body, and the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

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Warraba Weatherall is an emerging contemporary artist whose work examines socio-politics within Australia and considers how such mechanisms influence contemporary ideologies. In drawing from Indigenous knowledges and experience, Warraba presents alternate ways of seeing and understanding to contribute to a cross-cultural dialogue