Ian North argues that the Aboriginal art revolution of the last three decades is the singly most significant art movement in recorded Australian art history. This paper is a meditation on the process of coming to terms with the implications of the revolution. This has occasioned a new cultural condition in Australia, which therefore requires a name. How shall the non-Indigenous speak of it? How may we imagine its future and, with it, our own? This paper attempts to sketch a new cultural condition with art at its core and justice as its guide.
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Ian North and the Hawke Institute, University of South Australia 2002