Wanjina Watchers spat reveals censorious, anti-art culture

Matt-Hayden Here is a perfect illustration of the depressingly censorious attitude that dominates the Australian arts world:

A Katoomba businesswoman called Vesna Tenodi commissioned an artist, Ben Osvath, to carve a sculpture called Wandjina Watchers in the Whispering Stone. Its intention was to affirm and celebrate the deep spirituality of Aboriginal culture. However, local Aborigines were outraged because they believed that no permission was given for the sculpture to be made. They have vandalized the sculpture and made death threats to Ms Tenodi…

Read the full article: http://www.cultureofthearts.com/2010/07/wandjina-watchers-spat-reveals.html?showComment=1278310639740.

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