Summary

Poster features the painting 'The Coroners Hotel' by Aboriginal artist Karen Casey. The artwork portrays the obstacles of police, jail and legal courts endured by Indigenous communities since European settlement in Australia. It depicts an Aboriginal man holding jail bars as he ascends a flight of stairs, which forbid him from travelling beyond 1788. The same path is followed by snake who breaks loose from an upper storey window of a building. The poster was published as part of the 'We Have Survived' series in 1988. Produced by the Boomalli Aboriginal Artists Co-Operative, with the assistance of the Northern and Central Land Councils, this series comprised special edition posters on the theme 'We have survived'. Participating artists created artworks which both celebrated Indigenous art and culture as well as explored the legal, justice and social issues affecting the lives of Indigenous Australians. Themes addressed included colonisation, land rights, sovereignty, unequal access to education, and the Stolen Generations.

Physical Description

Colour ink on paper. Untitled (The Coroners Hotel). Features a painting of an incarcerated Aboriginal man surrounded by highrise buildings looking out at an orange snake breaking free from an upper storey window; white border, and printed text in black under the image.

Title

Untitled (The Coroners Hotel)

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