Aboriginal Tent Embassy, Presentation by Richard Bell
Richard Bell established the Aborignal Tent Embassy outside the Australian National parliament in 1972. It was founded to challenge the status and rights of Aboriginal people in Australia. Until today, the Tent Embassy remains in place as one of the longest ongoing (artistic) struggles in the world. Bell will introduce the Embassy (2013 -) as a public space for imagining and articulating futures beyond oppression and displacement, while referring to the history of black power politics, political theatre and performance art. Bell will further draw the idea of his Embassy as a satellite of the original Tent Embassy, utlizing his agency within the infrastructure of ast as a means of furthering its reach: the work shall be understood as coalition building, seeking solutions towards fairness through solidarity.
Part of the Art, Urban Change, and the Public Sphere: Public Art Education Summit, 17 - 19 October 2019