“We’re not making those. Indigenous people, even Australians, we’re not making those. Who is making this?” says Yolngu artist Banduk Marika.
Marika, a board member of the Indigenous Art Code, and former board member of the Australia Council, is part of a team of artists, curators, and arts and legal organisations lobbying the federal government to take action on the scourge of fake art and cheap, touristy tack that has no connection and gives no benefit to Indigenous Australians.
“The main thing that makes us angry is that when you travel and you go to Darwin and you go to Alice Springs, even Cairns or elsewhere, you come across a tourist shop with everything: Australian koalas, kangaroos, those dolls with the hat and the corks, and Aboriginal ceramics or whatever standing on one leg, and the boomerangs, and all saying how they’re authentic designs,” says Marika. read more