Bunjileenee aka Robbie Thorpe

Divine Intervention → Art and Facts

6

June 2023

6

Jun

2023

23

Jun 2023

Gallery 1, 2, 3

Divine Intervention → Art and Facts

Bunjileenee aka Robbie Thorpe

6

June 2023

6

June

2023

23

June 2023

Gallery 1, 2, 3

Seventh is excited to invite you to the opening celebration of this year’s iteration of FIRST, an exhibition celebrating the artistic contributions and cultural leadership of local Aboriginal activist and legend, Robbie Thorpe.Through a combination of new artistic works and archival material, this exhibition sheds light on Thorpe’s profound influence within the community and his integral role in the ongoing Indigenous resistance against invasion. In his latest creations, Thorpe infuses a sharp sense of humour, mocking the colonial institution of Australia. Through clever and radical articulations, Thorpe challenges its foundations and highlights the complexities and injustices embedded in contemporary Aboriginal experiences.The exhibition also showcases a selection of archival material, offering a powerful glimpse into the resilience and unwavering determination of a longstanding Blak anti-colonial movement that has been an integral part of this continent’s history and celebrates the indomitable spirit of Robbie Thorpe and the rich legacy of Blak resistance that continues to shape the cultural landscape.To mark the opening night on Tuesday, 6th June, an array of live actions will unfold, each with a touch of irony, coinciding with the date for the Batman ‘treaty,’ which, by both Kulin and European standards, is widely regarded as a sham. Robbie Thorpe himself will deliver a live recorded speech, the words echoing throughout the Gallery for the duration of the exhibition. Adjacent to the Gallery, a fire will blaze on Crown land, a poignant symbol of resilience and a testament to the ongoing fight for justice, sovereignty and treaty.FIRST, an annual funded project, remains committed to its mission of providing spaces to emerging First Nations culture makers, artists, activists and mentors. By granting a platform to Robbie Thorpe, this exhibition not only amplifies his artistic and political prowess but also reinforces the Seventh’s support for the Indigenous community’s voices and narratives.

Seventh is excited to invite you to the opening celebration of this year’s iteration of FIRST, an exhibition celebrating the artistic contributions and cultural leadership of local Aboriginal activist and legend, Robbie Thorpe.Through a combination of new artistic works and archival material, this exhibition sheds light on Thorpe’s profound influence within the community and his integral role in the ongoing Indigenous resistance against invasion. In his latest creations, Thorpe infuses a sharp sense of humour, mocking the colonial institution of Australia. Through clever and radical articulations, Thorpe challenges its foundations and highlights the complexities and injustices embedded in contemporary Aboriginal experiences.The exhibition also showcases a selection of archival material, offering a powerful glimpse into the resilience and unwavering determination of a longstanding Blak anti-colonial movement that has been an integral part of this continent’s history and celebrates the indomitable spirit of Robbie Thorpe and the rich legacy of Blak resistance that continues to shape the cultural landscape.To mark the opening night on Tuesday, 6th June, an array of live actions will unfold, each with a touch of irony, coinciding with the date for the Batman ‘treaty,’ which, by both Kulin and European standards, is widely regarded as a sham. Robbie Thorpe himself will deliver a live recorded speech, the words echoing throughout the Gallery for the duration of the exhibition. Adjacent to the Gallery, a fire will blaze on Crown land, a poignant symbol of resilience and a testament to the ongoing fight for justice, sovereignty and treaty.FIRST, an annual funded project, remains committed to its mission of providing spaces to emerging First Nations culture makers, artists, activists and mentors. By granting a platform to Robbie Thorpe, this exhibition not only amplifies his artistic and political prowess but also reinforces the Seventh’s support for the Indigenous community’s voices and narratives.

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Bunjileenee aka Robbie Thorpe

Thorpe's profound influence within the community and his integral role in the ongoing Indigenous resistance against invasion. In his latest creations, Thorpe infuses a sharp sense of humour, mocking the colonial institution of Australia. Through clever and radical articulations, Thorpe challenges its foundations and highlights the complexities and injustices embedded in contemporary Aboriginal experiences.