18C: Artists’ Responses to the Impending Amendment of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975


TextaQueen: ‘Sticks and Stones’, 8 x 10 inch photograph, 2014.

Typography and photography by Grace Rosario Perkins.

This is my work about the power of words to support and normalise the direct (and structural) violence experienced by marginalised people. Made for an upcoming group exhibition at Blak Dot gallery, ’18C’. 

‘18C’ is a quick response to the impending amendments by the Coalition Government which will remove sections 18B – E of the Racial Discrimination Act (RDA). The Coalition has left a brief window to gauge community responses – so artists, writers and academics were requested to respond with a work on paper (photographic or pulp) to this change of the RDA. Incorporating many new and existing works ‘18C’ sends notice with visual, verbal and written work to ensure that this does not go unchallenged.

An open mic will part of the opening night for performances and responses throughout the evening. Documentation collated from the exhibition and opening night will be submitted to the office of the Australian Attorney General.

Exhibition at Blak Dot opens Thursday 17th April at 6.30pm.

“BLAK DOT GALLERY is a contemporary Indigenous run Arts Space that will showcase artworks of world Indigenous cultures. Our primary focus will be to highlight the diversity of our artists and new mediums." 

This exhibition features Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists.

Blak Dot Gallery
413 Lygon Street
East Brunswick
Melbourne VIC 3057

Hours of Operation
Thursday – Sunday
12 pm – 5 pm
Closed on Public Holidays

Wheel chair access available. Please contact gallery beforehand to make arrangements. info@blakdot.com.au.