Wathaurung Mob

Bindi Cole CHOCKA: artist

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About the work


The three photographs Gnung ok, Wathaurung mob and Warre Beal Yallock are part of Bindi Cole Chocka’s 2008 series Not really Aboriginal. Gnung ok depicts sisters standing together, Wathaurung mob depicts the artist’s immediate family and Warre Beal Yallock is a portrait of the artist and her father. Together these works investigate identity and the cultural positioning of fair-skinned Indigenous Australians.
About her photographs Bindi Cole Chocka says, ‘I made this series in response to certain prevailing attitudes that I was aware of. The first being that when I identified as Aboriginal, people would often respond by saying, but you’re not really Aboriginal. This was because I don’t fit the stereotype of what Aboriginal is – living in a remote community, very dark skinned and suffering from dysfunction. However, my grandmother always taught me to identify as Aboriginal and to be proud of the heritage I shared with her. The second attitude was one of lack of integrity. That, in fact, the only reason I was identifying as being Aboriginal was to obtain some amazing benefits that were to be had by being Aboriginal’ (The artist, bindi.cole.blogspot.com.au, 2011).
MR 270918
Title
Wathaurung Mob
Artist/Maker and role
Bindi Cole CHOCKA: artist
Date
2007
Medium
Photograph on Rag paper
Measurements
94 x 130 cm
Production place
Melbourne, Victoria
Credit line
Purchased through the The Leah Jane Cohen Bequest, The Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2008
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession number
2008/0127

This is one of the photographs in our collection.



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