BLAK LIST MONA

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BLAK LIST MONA

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james tylor started this petition to Museum of Old and New Art

Dear MONA, MONA FOMA and DARK MOFO

In reference to recently proposed artwork by artist Santiago Sierra and past projects undertaken by MONA, MONA FOMA and DARK MOFO. We no longer believe that your organisations are safe and respectful working environments for First Australian artists, arts curators and arts workers. 

We are a collective of First Australian Artists, Curators and Arts workers, as well as Non-Indigenous allies who will not work with MONA, MONA FOMA and DARK MOFO until there are organisational reforms to be respectful to First Peoples, our culture and our histories. 

We are requesting the following changes to take place at MONA, DARK MOFO and MONA FOMA:

1) Formally and meaningfully apologise for past events that have negatively affected First Peoples eg. Santiago Sierra project, Mike Parr’s project, the Aboriginal DNA test project and the damages to Aboriginal Heritage Sites during the construction of MONA. Apologies are an important part of healing inflicted trauma, but without changed action they are meaningless.
2) Every staff member of MONA, MONA FOMA and DARK MOFO undertake mandatory cultural awareness training and decolonisation workshops, including the directors and owner.
3) An appointment of First Peoples Advisory Board of public programs and museum exhibitions with majority Tasmanian Traditional Owners.
4) Develop a Reconciliation Action Plan for MONA, MONA FOMA and DARK MOFO.

Once Cultural Awareness Training, Decolonisation Workshop and Reconciliation Action Plan has commenced there should also be;

5) An appointment of multiple First Peoples curators at DARK MOFO, MONA FOMA and MONA
6) Commit to funding more pakana (Tasmanian Aboriginal People’s) artworks as reparations for the damage you have already done.

Until these requirements are addressed and fulfilled by the MONA organisations, the signatories of the document will not work with the organisations in any capacity. We hope that MONA, DARK MOFO and MONA FOMA take this opportunity to learn from the past and make a positive step forward to engage with the Australian First Peoples Arts community in the future. 

We just want respect.

Please sign the petition to register your support for the Australian First Peoples Arts community

 

BLAK LIST MONA organisers :  Jam Graham-Blair (Palawa) & James Tylor (Kaurna)

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