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Vernon Ah Kee, 30 sec, Australia, 2004, Digital Video.

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Produced and Directed by: Vernon Ah Kee
Camera & post-production: Ben Wickes
Editing & post-production: Ben Elliot
SBS Independent: Commissioning Editor: Glenys Rowe
ACMI: Executive Producer: Clare Stewart
ACMI: Production Manager: Philippa Campey
© Vernon Ah Kee

ARTV: produced with the assistance of ACMI and SBS Independent

Vernon Ah Kee's seething representation of contemporary Australian black/white politics playfully uses language, moving text and self-portraiture to deadly serious effect.

Biography - Vernon Ah Kee
Born in North Queensland, lives and works in Brisbane. Ah Kee holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts in contemporary Australian Indigenous art and an honours in Fine Art; he is currently researching his doctorate. Ah Kee's work is primarily a critique of Australian popular culture, specifically the black/white dichotomy. Recently he has concentrated on a conceptual use of text and minimal expression, combining a combative writing style with a strong visual sense. He has exhibited in group and solo shows, and he currently lectures on contemporary Australian Indigenous art at Queensland College of Arts, with interests including Aboriginal education, identity and art.

Vernon Ah Kee is represented by Bellas Milani Gallery, Brisbane.

Artist Statement - Vernon Ah Kee
'If you as a white man wish to insert yourself into the black man's world, with his history, in his colour, and on the level at which you currently perceive him, then know that you will never be anything more than mediocre. You will not be able to involve yourself in the decision-making processes of this land, and you will not have any constructive access to the social and political mechanisms of this land. At times this land will shake your understanding of the world, and confusion will eat away at your sense of humanity, but at least you will feel normal.'

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