Kevin and the Melanin
Indigenous Australians remain conspicuously absent from the nation's media. Removed from the public eye, & from public consciousness, a singular visual landscape emerges, that of fortunate, optimistic white Australia.
Exalting egalitarianism, the Australian ethos celebrates the agency of the individual. Yet the nation's meritocracy is mere mythology to those Indigenous Australians still disadvantaged by prejudicial social policy, unofficial & otherwise.
Redressing this exclusion, Indigenous Kevin reappropriates the most public manifestation of power, individual determination, & seeming media worth.
Unnervingly interrogating the viewer as to why an Indigenous Prime Minister is yet to occur, the image prophetically envisages Greer's assertion that Australian identity remains unrealised, whilst indigenity is neglected.
Scott Heinrich is a founding director at Summit Of The Minds. Past and reoccurring lives include: Art Director of Colors Magazine, Foundation Lecturer at UniSA & Artist in Resident at Fabrica, Italy.