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Matthew Bate

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The hyper-masculine Australian National Identity is a Frankenstein monster made from the mythical body-parts of bushrangers, diggers and pioneer blokes in hats. It’s an identity forged in a post-Federation Australia that seems to hold water even today. Has our art helped to create and maintain this distorted our view of ourselves? Hannah rips the Gum-Tree mafia (Heidelberg School) a new one when she pulls apart the clichés of this masculine national identity.
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Hannah reveals she is Tasmanian – which doesn’t mean she has two heads or a particular love of sheep. It does however mean she feels a sense of belonging to the Apple Isle. This idea of ‘belonging’ in Australia is a complex and troubled concept that has played out between the brushstrokes of our art. Hannah’s investigation begins with colonial art and the first images made by our settlers, and uncovers what these images say about White Australia’s relationship with this strange new world.
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Australian stand up comedian Hannah Gadsby is a closet art scholar. Armed with a rapier wit and desire to pick beneath the paint, she travels across the continent on a mission to debunk the myths of the Australian Identity as defined by our art canon. From first settlement to Federation to post-multiculturalism, Hannah will forge an irreverent new image of who we think we are through a re-examination of art history. She will engage with a new generation determined to challenge their culture.
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Hannah is still searching for a more inclusive Australian identity in our art, and in this episode she enters the NOW! But in post-Cronulla Australia it seems even more difficult to define what it is to be Australian. Many of our contemporary artists are diving into this confused state of belonging and using it as a launching point for their practice. Hannah meets Jason Wing who is using his art to investigate how his Chinese/Aboriginal heritage sees him fit into the idea of being an ‘Aussie’.
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