Flinders University Museum of Art now has the rare chance to obtain the very last available series and ensure one of Australia’s most prominent contemporary Indigenous artists is finally represented in the Museum’s collection.
If secured, Look Who’s Calling The Kettle Black will lead the conversation on this still-recent history of Indigenous domestic labour - which is often not taught in schools and has received very little exposure to date.
“Artworks like r e a’s are important because they facilitate really deep conversations about our shared history - their intergenerational impacts, how we understand healing, and ideas of reconciliation and decolonisation - and what they mean for the present,” explains Dr Baker.
“We can teach about these things really well by looking at this kind of artwork, because unlike a textbook which teaches through often dry language, art allows you to consider the emotional aspect of that history and what that means; it allows you to go quite deep, quite quickly, and gives students a more immediate access for forming their own understanding.”
Dr Baker teaches thousands of students at Flinders in this way every year. “We use the collection to invite students to create an intimate and personal relationship with the content, because artwork allows us to do that.”
She says this contributes not only to understanding ideas of race in relation to reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, but also in relation to ideas of race generally.
With new knowledge, Flinders graduates are then able go out into the community in roles such as teachers, socials workers and doctors, with greater understanding and empathy.
“The importance of teaching these histories impacts all of our communities.”
You can contribute to the courageous conversations driving reconciliation by supporting the acquisition of this artwork for the FUMA collection.