– Harriet Morgan –

By Summer 2010

‘Jus’ Drawn by proppaNOW’ (2010) exhibition review

As well as togetherness, ‘Jus’ Drawn’ suggested an ongoing identity crisis. Connecting the group was a strong sense of double displacement – as artists and as Aboriginal people – which was where the show became paradoxical. Yes, this was a collective show of practising contemporary artists, but it was also about their individual Aboriginality. This paradox was of course part of proppaNOW’s quest: to create a more accurate view of how complicated contemporary Aboriginal art has actually become. – Harriet Morgan

Richard Bell, with proppaNOW, me me Dreaming (with a little help from my friends), 2010; pastel on wall, dimensions variable; courtesy the artists and Linden Centre for Contemporary Arts, Melbourne