Performa Presents

Richard Bell


350 Broadway
New York, NY 10013


For Performa 15, Richard Bell restages and pays homage to the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, the world’s longest running ongoing protest that was assembled by activists on the lawn of Australia’s Parliament House in 1972, where it remains to this day.

Initiated by artists, actors and activists from the National Black Theatre movement in Redfern, Sydney, The Aboriginal Tent Embassy is a confluence of art and activism and a platform to bring topics of Indigenous health, housing, and land rights to the forefront of Australian politics. Bell’s reimagined Embassy gives a global voice to this cause, functioning as a hub for film screenings, workshops, discussions and as an exhibition space. In this iteration, Embassy presents a program of talks that explore the historic and contemporary relationship between performance and protest with contributions from Black and American, Canadian, and Australian First Nation artists and activists. Embassy will include Vernon Ah Kee’s four-channel video installation tallman (2010), a raw examination of race relations in Australia; and a series of participatory Anger Workshops staged by artist Stuart Ringholt that address trauma and healing. Working in collaboration with former Black Panther member Emory Douglas, Bell has produced a series of promotional ephemera to accompany Embassy, serving among the material that will live on beyond the event in the spirit of the first.



Wednesday, 4 November

6:00 - 7:30pm        
Screening of The Redfern Story with an introduction by Darlene Johnson           

7:30 - 8:30pm  
Opening Reception

Thursday, 5 November

1:00 - 2:00pm            
Anger Workshop with Stuart Ringholt (Book Tickets)                                             

2:00 - 4:15pm                  
Film Screening with introduction by Terry Smith                      
Roger Sandall and Nic Petersen, The Djungguwan of Yirrkala, 1966, 17 mins.
Trevor Graham, Speaking to the Future, 2002, 87 mins.                                               

5:00 - 5:45pm    
Richard Bell in conversation with Emory Douglas, moderated by Terry Smith (Book Tickets)       

6:00 - 7:30pm        
Film screening with introduction by Alessandro Cavadini, Ningla A-Na (1972, 72 mins), followed by Cavadini in conversation with Richard Bell and Caroline Strachan

7:30 - 8:30pm    
Anger Workshop with Stuart Ringholt (Book Tickets)                                                        

Friday, 6 November 

12:00 - 1:00pm            
Anger Workshop with Stuart Ringholt (Book Tickets)                               

1:00 - 5:15pm 
Film Screening with introduction by Terry Smith                      
Ian Dunlop, Djungguwan at Gurka’wuy, 1976, 199 mins. Part 1 37 mins; Part 2 43 mins; Part 3 44 mins; Part 4 41 mins; Part 5 34 mins.                                                                  

6:00 - 7:00pm  

Art, activism and the Black Panthers. Artist talk by Emory Douglas

7:30 - 8:15pm    
Screening of tallman (2010, 11.11 mins), followed by conversation between Vernon Ah Kee, Emory Douglas, and Richard Bell moderated by Maura Reilly.                     

8:15 - 9:15pm    
Anger Workshop with Stuart Ringholt (Book Tickets)

Saturday, 7 November                                              

1:00 - 2:00pm    
Anger Workshop with Stuart Ringholt (Book Tickets)                                                                     

2:00 - 3:00pm    
Conversation between Richard Bell, Lee-Ann Martin, and Alan Michelson re: Status of Indigenous contemporary art in museums moderated by Terry Smith                          

3:15 - 4:00pm    
Idle No More. Presentation between Syvia McAdam introduced by Alan Michaelson with public questions

4:15 - 5:00pm
What is the future of solidarity? Public meeting between artists Emory Douglas, Richard Bell, Alan Michelson, Vernon Ah Kee, and Stuart Ringholt, activists Sylvia McAdam from Idle No More and Autumn Marie of Black Lives Matter and many other initiatives, amongst other activists and thinkers.

5:00 - 6:00pm
Anger Workshop with Stuart Ringholt (Book Tickets)    


Download the full program here.        

Image credit: Richard Bell, Embassy installation, 2013, 5th Moscow Biennial; photo by Yackov Petchenin, courtesy of Moscow Biennial Art Foundation, Russia and Institute of Modern Art Brisbane, Australia.


Co-produced by Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane.

The IMA is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts, and through the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian Federal, State, and Territory Governments. The IMA is a member of Contemporary Art Organisations Australia (CAOs).

This project is made possible with the support of Australia Council for the Arts, Arts Queensland, and the Milani Gallery.

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