What does it really mean to be on the fringe? Who do we make art for? Is culture a commodity?
A small collective of local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, artists and agitators gather to camp on the banks of the Maribyrnong River, creating a live art installation that explores fringe dwelling and a way of being in the world that doesn’t conform to the lifestyles of mainstream Australia.
With guitars in hand, endless rounds of damper and tea and a collection of the gaudiest mass produced Indigenous souvenirs in Melbourne’s west, Black Fringe transforms an old piece of clothes line into a gallery wall and the humble tent into a stage-creating an anti-arts market statement that re-asserts Indigenous authority and challenges stereotypical ways of making and presenting art.
Bring your confirmation of non-Aboriginality, instrument, tent, plate of food, kitschiest tea towels and come hang with us.
WHEN: Thursday 6 – Saturday 8 November 2014, all day
VENUE: FCAC Riverside Lawn
Presented as part of our Indigenous Cultural Program and our 40th Birthday Suite Celebrations.