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Donnas on the Run: Exhuming the Australian Badlands

Lucy Forsberg and Sally Molloy explore other sides of the Australian identity.
By Sarah Ward
October 17, 2017
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Donnas on the Run: Exhuming the Australian Badlands

Lucy Forsberg and Sally Molloy explore other sides of the Australian identity.
By Sarah Ward
October 17, 2017
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The Australian landscape is no stranger to the screen, and nor is the history that goes with it. Think about many of those tales, though, and one thing stands out — from Ned Kelly to Mad Max, the majority of them revolve around white men.

In Donnas on the Run: Exhuming the Australian Badlands, artists Lucy Forsberg and Sally Molloy delve deeper into the Aussie identity by opening up the nation's stories to other groups. Think archetypal characters given a more inclusive spin, such as the larrikin girl and the bush boundary-rider, as well as female convicts and transgender felons. Think borrowing from historical archives to create new visual narratives that probe the violence and discrimination of our colonial past in the process, all using video, sound and digital media.

The exhibition displays at Metro Arts from October 18 to November 4, complete with two special events. Head along at 6pm on opening night for the launch, or stop by at 6pm on November 1 for an artists' talk.

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