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Screen Space - Richard Bell


Wed 6 Sep 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Thu 7 Sep 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Fri 8 Sep 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sat 9 Sep 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm
Sun 10 Sep 2017, 10:00am–5:00pm

Where: Art Gallery of Western Australia, Perth Cultural Centre, Perth CBD, Western Australia

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: Art Gallery of WA

One of Richard Bell’s most defining works, Scratch an Aussie, is a playful, serious and challenging video piece that explores racism in Australia.

Through the use of jokes, mimicry and word association games between a psychiatrist (Bell) and his patients, viewers witness some of the everyday racist beliefs and jibes about Aboriginal people that operate in Australia today. The sessions are filled with humour, candour and camaraderie. Empathy, however, is notably absent.

Another light-hearted but guilt-ridden therapy session unfolds throughout. Here, Bell—the psychiatrist —talks to his psychiatrist (Gary Foley) about the pros and cons of these common beliefs.

The confessions played out on the psychiatrist’s couch are not to be missed.

Screen Space
A new work is screened in this dedicated space for AGWA’s growing filmic acquisitions.

Image credit: Richard Bell
Scratch an Aussie 2008
DVD projection
Edition 3 of 5
Duration: 10:00 min
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Purchased through the TomorrowFund, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2016
Image © Richard Bell, courtesy of Milani Gallery, Brisbane
Photo: Mick Richards