This visual sociology for December 2017 begins with a reflection on the need for a Treaty with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and the nation of Australia. The rest of this post has us visiting a Peruvian restaurant in Sydney, the LEGO exhibition in Melbourne, the sublime Pipilotti Rist and of course, my annual visual sociology of Christmas nonsense.
Australia is the only Commonwealth nation without a treaty with First Nations people. In national consultations with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, published as the Uluru Statement, a pathway to (and beyond) treaty was outlined through truth telling and a makarrata. This is the Yolngu word for various overlapping processes of peace negotiations, as well as an agreement to solving conflict and restoring justice.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have attempted to negotiate treaties since colonialism began, and a makarrata since the 1970s, to address formal recognition that the land belongs to Indigenous people, along with plans to address other cultural and socioeconomic issues.
Both sides of Government addressed national media and promised to establish a makarrata at the Garma Festival in August 2017, but have since rescinded their support.
Sydney at the end of 2017
Social rituals: sometimes humans choose to gather en mass, put on an uniform, sing and yell with delight in public, and some men will also take off their tops to scream even louder. 2 December 2017
Chocolate happiness! 2 December
Wagana Aboriginal Dancers, women and girls group from the Blue Mountains, at the Blak Markets. This was a beautiful day. I bought gorgeous jewellery by Aboriginal women designers and artists. 3 December
Help. 10 December 2017
Yes! 11 December 2017
“Home Via King,” now with scare quotes. 11 December 2017
Newtown street art. 12 December 2017
Sydney will have trams. Again. 14 December 2017
Inca’s restaurant, Darlinghurst, Sydney. 17 December 2017
The art of dumplings. 23 December
The largest touring LEGO exhibition in the Southern hemisphere. Most creations take between 60 to 200 hours to make. There are stations where lovers of the famous play bricks can make and display their own works of art. On in Melbourne at Harbour Town.
The Melbourne Museum always delivers. 28 December
Back to Sydney
Sip My Ocean. Wonderful and immersive exhibition by Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist.
Visual Sociology of Christmas
Human beings are gathering in high numbers around blinking lights. Something is happening. Perhaps a Pagan ritual of some kind? Christmas is actually based on Pagan rituals – including the idea of a Christmas tree! Christians forced Pagans to covert to Christianity or killed them, but they absorbed many aspects of the Pagan religion. Colonialism is awful from its tiniest detail buried in mass culture, to its massive destructive power of genocide and land degradation. 02 December
Interspecies love twirl. 17 December
¡Feliz Navidad! 24 December
The Western suburbs of Melbourne are full of beautiful people. 26 December
The labour of gingerbread miners is exploited for the gingerbread owners of the means of Christmas production. 30 December