Settling Old Scores

Richard Bell

Exhibition Dates
6 June - 2 July 2005



Main event LIVE at ARTSPACE
When | Thursday 9 June, 7pm – 8pm
Location | Artspace, Ground Floor


Following his acceptance of the 20th Telstra Aboriginal Art Award wearing the infamous ‘White Girl’s Can’t Hump’ t-shirt, Richard Bell returns to the public stage with a defiant performance piece to take place at Artspace this June.


Witness Bell and friends in the ring to take on white Australia in a searing examination of the black/white dichotomy, up against old foes as he critiques all those marginalised by the old bi-polar oppositions still wreaking havoc in Australia today: male/female, straight/gay, black/white, local/ethnic, right/left.


Taking the form of a three round symbolic wrestling/boxing match, Bell’s challenge to the cultural gatekeepers will exclude no one. No one will be safe from criticism, not even chardonnay sipping socialists.


Richard Bell, 'Settling Old Scores', installation view, Artspace, Sydney, 2005