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 REA | Resistance (flag)

 
REA
Australia 1962
Resistance (flag) 1996
Textile
nylon
600.0 (h) x 200.0 (w) cm
Collection of the artist
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Resistance (flag) by Rea flew alongside banner artworks by fellow Boomalli artists, Michael Riley and Brenda L Croft, all of which were commissioned as part of Quay Works for the 1996 Sydney Festival of the Arts. Akin to Giles’ (Kerwingie’s) use of red, black, yellow and white (which integrates the colours of the Aboriginal flag and the four traditional pigments and ochres used in body, rock and bark paintings) Rea’s flag co-opts the colours of Luritja/Wombai artist, Harold Thomas’ original design. However, she has incorporated her own meaning into the work, through the overlaid text ‘RESISTANCE’, a term that has appeared in varying form in previous works by the artist.

(Further reading see: Boomalli Aboriginal Artists’ Cooperative and INIVA , True colours: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists raise the flag, 1994)

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