An aesthetic challenge and battlefield where artists bear witness to pejorative speech, ironic hipster fashion and derivative aesthetic treatment, So Fukin Native continues multiple critical reclamations of cultural trajectories. In 2011, Aboriginal and Pacific Islander artists explored the reclaiming of Indigenous and discriminatory imagery in Re:Appropriate at Blak Dot Gallery. In 2012, a new group of artists explore socio-cultural perceptions and representations of indigeneity in So Fukin Native.

Eight Aboriginal and Pacific Islander artists explore the many layers of meaning in the term ‘native’ through photography, painting, installation and performance. Representations of Aboriginal and Pacific Islander peoples, and ‘natives’ in general, continue to be highly sexualised and exoticised in Western cinema, literature, media, art and across colloquial sites. ‘Native’ representations range from fond, romantic idealisations to barely concealed condescension. The exhibition comments on sexuality, power, politics, language and contemporary complex identities.

So Fukin Native, curated by Léuli Eshraghi and Pauline Vetuna, featuring artists Torika Bolatagici, Maree Clarke, Chantal Fraser and Chuck Feesago, Ben McKeown, Candice Perese, Greg Semu, Latai Taumoepeau and Kathy Cogill

Public programs included opening performances by Grace Vanilau, Josephine Inia and set by DJ Mz Rizk, and floor talks with artists and curators.

Best Visual Arts Award, Melbourne Fringe Awards 2012

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27 September-13 October 2012, Melbourne Fringe Festival, Blak Dot Gallery

So Fukin Native was developed by Léuli Eshraghi and Pauline Vetuna with curatorial mentor Taloi Havini and the support of Blak Dot Gallery directors Kimba Thompson and Jacob Tolo