Richard Bell


13 February - 27 April 2014
West End Gallery

Opening Wednesday 12 February, 6 - 9pm.
PICA is open until 7pm during the Festival (last entry for William Kentridge at 6pm)

For over twenty years artist and provocateur Richard Bell, has challenged the state of art and politics in Australia. Embassy is Richard Bell's first solo exhibition in Western Australia and will feature a recreation of the original Aboriginal Tent Embassy, the protest camp set up on the lawns of Parliament House in Canberra. This significant solo exhibition by the Queensland artist will also bring together a selection of Bell's highly acclaimed paintings and a trilogy of recent and controversial videos.

Embassy represents the culmination of Richard Bell's Imagining Victory project, a multi-layered body of work that the artist has been developing over a significant period of his artistic career. The project is Bell's attempt to imagine a future in which Aboriginal people are true equals in society and are the potential leaders of that society. The Tent Embassy was originally set up to challenge the government and pressure it to take action in relation to the human and land rights of the Aboriginal people in Australia. Bell's Tent Embassy will create a public space for the retelling of stories of oppression and displacement.

Embassy is a Perth International Arts Festival event, supported by Perth International Arts Festival Visual Arts program partner Wesfarmers Arts. Richard Bell is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Images from top: Demonstration in support of the Yirrkala petition on land rights to Prime Minister Gough Whitlam (Aboriginal Tent Embassy), Canberra, 1974. © National Archives of Australia (A8739, A10/7/74/1A); Richard Bell, A white hero for black Australia, 2011. Acrylic on linen; Richard Bell, Foley vs The Springboks (Lone Protestor), 2012; Acrylic on linen; Richard Bell in collaboration with Emory Douglas, Peace heals, war kills (Big ass mutha fuckin mural) 2011-12, Synthetic polymer paint on board; The Richard Bell, Peckin Order, 2007. Acrylic on canvas. All images bar the top image courtesy & copyright the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane.