Dark + Disturbing is a curatorial project that explores Aboriginal sensibilities around knowledge, identity, and protest. It interrogates power structures and provides a platform for Aboriginal voice.
“Dark + Disturbing” references the place the “aborigine” holds in this country. The “aborigine” is either rendered invisible, as in terra nullius, or is made negative and pathologised as a problem or a curse. Vernon Ah Kee
Dark + Disturbing is a curatorial project of artist Vernon Ah Kee. Vernon’s work is in most public institutions across Australia as well as held in a number of overseas public collections, including the Tate Gallery and the National Gallery of Canada. Vernon’s background in screen-printing resonates throughout the Dark + Disturbing. As he reaches mid-career, this project gives him an opportunity to expand his work in curating.
Why start with t-shirts?
What is IAM?
‘I am’ is a trope or device that is has been used in visual art, including Colin McCann, Gordon Bennett, Richard Bell, Vernon Ah Kee. ‘I am’ is a challenge, an assertion of humanity and personhood over subjugation and oppression.
From this our new label IAM was born as a vehicle to collaborate with select artists to design shirts for their projects and get them made.