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Monday, June 29, 2015

First Citizen: Albert Namatjira

I first came across this artist when I read a book on a history of Australian paintings.
It briefly described his paintings and very sad life as an Aboriginal. 

I must confess I'm not very privy to the history of Australian policy with regard to Aborigines, but I was appalled by the fact that he was sentenced to six months imprisonment for supplying alcohol to his Aboriginal friends, simply because he was an 'Australian citizen'. 

This superb film traces his life and art-making closely, using original and reconstructed footages. It also features interviews with his relatives, descendants and art historians. 

It's highly educational and must-see for anyone who are interested in art and history of Australia. 
It's currently showing at SBS website. I don't know how long it will be there, but, the link is here and have a look.

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