The 2020 Archibald is a Self-Portrait of Systemic Racism

26 September 2020

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In a year of ongoing global protests involving Black Lives Matter™, any artwork addressing racial inequality was always going to be popular. But the fact that Vincent Namatjira’s piece has won the 2020 Archibald Art Prize is ironically, a self-portrait of the systemic racism currently being enjoyed by — and not against — indigenous Australians.

It seems that the Art Gallery of NSW have become fully paid-up members of the wokeocracy. They’ve jumped onto the same leftist bandwagon as The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, who recently introduced the following criteria to be eligible for an award:

Yep, that’s right, artistic talent has got nothing to do with it anymore. All that counts are how many boxes on the identity politics spectrum one can tick. As The Sydney Morning Herald’s headline breathlessly exclaimed, “It’s only taken 99 years”.

But if the overwhelming negative public reactions on the Art Gallery of New South Wales’ Facebook page — as well as the comments sent in the SMH — are anything to go by, then more and more people are seeing how vacuous this approach truly is. Here are just a few:

My own son did art for the NSW Higher School Certificate. And without being biased, I can honestly say — hand-over-heart — that the quality of his artwork was clearly better. But don’t just take my word for it, judge for yourself:

Significantly, his pieces weren’t selected for Art Express — the “best of the best” — but he wasn’t surprised, let alone disappointed, because even he knew how political the judging would be.

However, let’s be clear. When a work is elevated because of the person’s racial background rather than their artistic ability, then that’s racist! And as such, the winner of this year’s Archibald competition shows just how entrenched systemic racism has truly become.

[Photo by Josh Olalde on Unsplash]

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  1. Jean Seah 26 September 2020 at 3:42 pm - Reply

    Even this painting would have been far better, aesthetically! [and still tick the woke boxes.]

  2. Lyn Moffat 29 September 2020 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    I am open to correction on this, but as this was announced just as the National Solemn Assembly was beginning, (called for and led by our Indigenous leaders) I took it to mean that God was making a statement that, at this time, He is raising up the Indigenous people of the nation to have a voice – in our nation and in the world. The title of the work is “Stand Strong for Who You Are”. No matter what the motives of the people making the decision may have been, when God is making a statement He knows what he is doing. Vincent is an Anangu man from the red centre of Australia (Uluru) and many prophecies have spoken of streams (of revival) flowing out from the centre of Australia. Many believe that we are seeing the fulfilment of these prophetic words beginning to take place. Please let us pray into it for clarification and understanding of God’s purposes.

  3. William an 2 September 2021 at 8:05 am - Reply

    Good one

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