21 June – 7 July 2024 View Events View map
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Premiering at BIG CITY LIGHTS*, Waanyi, Kuku Yalanji, Yidinji and Guugu Yumithirr artist Vernon Ah Kee debuts five new works from his stirring series, Text Is Immediate. Commissioned specifically for the festival, these minimalist texts in powerful black and white demand attention, and will appear in paste-ups across streets and laneways in Southport. With the works remaining long after the festival ends, people are encouraged to take pause and reflect on the discrimination and racial stereotyping Aboriginal people have experienced since the inception of colonisation and still endure every day.



Born 1967, Innisfail, Queensland. Lives and works Brisbane, Queensland. Vernon Ah Kee is a member of the Kuku Yalandji, Waanji, Yidinji and Gugu Yimithirr peoples. His multi-faceted practice includes works that range from large-scale drawings of his ancestors to hard-hitting text-based works and installations. Through clever puns and plays on words and objects, Ah Kee fuses the history and language of colonisation with contemporary black/white political issues to expose degrees of underlying racism in Australian society.

Free Event

Various locations throughout Southport CBDSouthport CBD QLD 4215

Friday 21 Jun5PM – 9:30PM
Saturday 22 Jun5PM – 9:30PM
Sunday 23 Jun5PM – 9:30PM
Friday 28 Jun5PM – 9:30PM
Saturday 29 Jun5PM – 9:30PM
Sunday 30 Jun5PM – 9:30PM
Friday 05 Jul5PM – 9:30PM
Saturday 06 Jul5PM – 9:30PM
Sunday 07 Jul5PM – 9:30PM
All times are QLD AEST

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