Friday, September 17, 2010

William Barak image on high rise building 

I'm really not sure what I think about the use of the likeness of William Barak on a building - Aboriginal leader's face to gaze from high-rise. Speaking as someone who is personally bothered by the idea of image appropriation (to the point where I try to avoid being in photographs), and also being slightly indigenous, this whole concept makes me uncomfortable. It also strikes me as deeply and sadly ironic. William Barak deserves to be remembered and commemorated, but in this way... I dunno. Maybe my feelings about this are irrational, but somehow it just seems wrong to me.

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