Judgement

Judgement

All profits from this card go to The Kari Foundation, which is dedicated to empowering Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. I wish to raise awareness without profiting off Indigenous Australian suffering.

This is a print of ‘Judgement’ from my tarot deck, Hereditary, on archival paper.

Prints are high quality on archival paper ready to frame. Smaller ones are packed flat in stiff card and larger ones will be gently rolled and posted in a rigid mailing tube.

This card is based on myself, and by extension, the current generation of Celtic-Australians, and our collective response to learning the truth. We were taught that our ancestors were explorers who discovered new people and places. They were not. We made statues to commemorate invaders looking for more places to conquer in the name of the British Empire. All those who travelled here were willingly complicit in the westernisation, brutalisation and suppression of the Indigenous Australian people and the theft of their land and liberties.

The angel is based on Malcolm Smith, and Aboriginal man who died in prison after driving a paintbrush through his eye. Along his wings are the names and ages of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who died due to injustice. Like Smith, many of the, were victims of poor circumstances including poverty and mental illness. The dolls are inspired by the photography of Kuku and Erub/Merr woman Destiny Deacon, who uses dolls to illustrate Indigenous narratives. The art on their dresses is based on the work of a white, English woman whose art was featured in an Australian television program. The Aboriginal flag is upside-down, representing both mourning (as upside-down flags are an alternative to half-mast) and how oblivious the general population is to Infineon affairs; most people wouldn’t notice anything was wrong. I stand between the dolls, and together we form the Australian response to history: see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil. Behind this white narrative, missing persons posters of Aboriginal children go unnoticed.

Upright, this card represents injustice, ignorance and discrimination.
Reversed, it represents justice, progress and change for the better, as represented by the Aboriginal flag now being the right way up.

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