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Blaks Palace

The jumpers from Christian Thompson s series, Blaks Palace, mirror the inconsistencies and misrepresentations of Aboriginality by the dominant culture. Knitted from actual patterns reminiscent of 1980 s fashion, these jumpers with their absurd proportions and erroneous colours depict Australian flora and fauna and are evocative of Aboriginal culture.

The jumpers are non-utilitarian objects and potentially mask or diffuse the model depending on the way in which they are worn. The sleeves have the ability to consume the model just as 200 years of representation has confused the Anglo experience of blakness.


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