“There’s been seven years of cataclysmic change each year,” said Margaret Simons, co-convenor of the New News conference.
Alex Griffin is a terrifically smart person with a sensitive eye for historical detail.
As you can see from the SoundCloud embed above, I spoke to Alex to discuss his article for the latest issue of Overland, which is about Australia’s long and ongoing use of offshore detention on Manus Island prior to the most recent controversies of the past decade. Alex’s article zeroes on the cultural malaise that exists then and exists now.
I am very excited to talk to him about his work.
Transcript in full here.
The current malaise in funding by the federal government has led to artists and arts administrators increasingly publicly making the case themselves for the continued cultural relevance of visual culture in Australia.