Art and Injustice

This visual sociology for the month of April is dedicated to Aboriginal and migrant artworks, plus a special apperance by the Sociology of Trolleys from inner western Sydney. First, let’s start with a panel discussion I spoke on.

Panel: Race and Conscious Dating

On 26 April, I was a panellist on a thoughtful discussion about race and dating with journalist and documentary filmmaker Santilla Chingaipe and multi-talented author and editor Andy Quan.

I talked about the sociology of attraction and why we need to tackle racial bias at the individual and structural levels. Santilla discussed her SBS show “Date My Race” as well as her online dating experiences. Andy discussed co-founding the Sexual Racism Sux campaign for the gay community in Sydney.

The panel was facilitated by Kaila Perusco and hosted by Conscious Dating Co at 107 Projects in Sydney.

Top image: Conscious Dating Co. [Panellists sit on the couch,with Santilla holding the microphone mid-speech.]

Political art

Let’s go on  a trip through race, culture, history and art at the Museum of Contemporary Art. These artists use mixed media to show historical injustices. 22 April

Death Zephyr

Death Zephyr 2016-17, Yhonnie Scarce. Installation that “addresses historical events and government policies that disrupted Aboriginal life.” Representing the British nuclear tests in Maralinga, South Australia, that displaced Aboriginal communities and devastated Country. 22 April

Changing Courses, Keg de Souza

The artist often considers themes of displacement, conflict and culture. This work explores the impact of gentrification on Sydney’s food consumption. The house is constructed from household “space bags” stuffed with various food. 22 April

Guerilla 2016-17, Khaled Sabsabi

Khaled Sabsabi is influenced by his experience living in exile in Australia, having escaped civil war in Lebanon in the 1970s. These photographs capture the aftermath of the 2006 war in Lebanon between insurgents and Israeli forces.

Sociology of Trolleys: Public Bin

Let’s end this month on this majestic use of a shopping trolley as a rubbish bin in lieu of public bins. Found this in a poorly serviced working class, migrant area lacking amenities. Trolleys: serving your local community in endless ways! 18 April