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SCREEN SPACE – SCRATCH AN AUSSIE

12/08/2017 - 10/09/2017 SCREEN SPACE – SCRATCH AN AUSSIE

Richard Bell’s Scratch an Aussie is a playful yet serious video piece exploring racism in Australia.Through the use of jokes, mimicry and word association games between a psychiatrist (Bell) and his patients, viewers witness some of the everyday racist beliefs and jibes about Aboriginal people that operate in Australia today. The sessions are filled with humour, candour and camaraderie. Empathy, however, is notably absent. Another light-hearted but guilt-ridden therapy session unfolds throughout. Here, Bell – the psychiatrist – talks to his psychiatrist (Gary Foley) about the pros and cons of these common beliefs. The confessions played out on the psychiatrist’s couch are not to be missed.