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Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards 2015

4 July - 12 October 2015

Megan Cope is the recipient of the 2015 Western Australian Indigenous Art Award of $50,000.

Born in Brisbane, Queensland, lives and works in Melbourne, Victoria.

Megan is a Noonuccal/Ngugi woman from Stradbroke Island.

Megan Cope

Megan Cope is the recipient of the 2015 Western Australian Indigenous Art Award of $50,000, one of the nation’s richest Indigenous art prizes for exceptional achievements by an Australian Indigenous artist. Cope was selected from 118 nominations received from across Australia.

The panel commented

Megan Cope’s multi-layered video work, The Blaktism 2014, speaks to a contemporary reality for Indigenous Australians. In it, she offers a theatrical and humorous insight into the complexities of Indigenous identity, notions of citizenship and Australian stereotypes through her imagined ‘blaktism’.

Cope’s dramatic ritual challenges concepts of authenticity, acceptance and belonging. It highlights the often unseen power that religious and state authorities have to determine and authorise identity and agency for Indigenous Australians.

The artist places herself at the centre of an intervention that turns her into an ‘acceptable Aborigine’. The video is laden with familiar but deeply fraught symbology associated with the state, the church and nationalistic jingoism. It talks about a stereotypical view of Indigenous culture and a broader Australian tribalism of drinking and party culture.

The judges felt that it was a sophisticated and complex work with a strong social and political resonance conveyed in a highly effective way through its pop culture energy.

PDF icon Megan Cope CV

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Megan Cope, The Blaktism 2014 (video still)

 
Megan Cope, The Blaktism 2014 (video still)
 
Megan Cope, The Blaktism 2014 (video still)
 

Megan Cope
The Blaktism 2014 (stills)
single-channel HD video, edition of 5
8:04 minutes
Courtesy the artist and THIS IS NO FANTASY
© the artist, courtesy THIS IS NO FANTASY


 

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