I Want Change: Two decades of artistic defiance, disapproval and dissent

April 2, 2013 12:00 am to April 12, 2013 12:00 am

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Michael Agzarian |Brook Andrew | Zanny Begg | boat-people.org | Bindi Cole | James Dodd | Fiona Foley | Jamin | Ash Keating | Deborah Kelly | Azlan McLennan | MEEK | Van Rudd | Carl Scrase

Exhibition at LUMA

A shadowy figure sits cross-legged against a wall. Hands outstretched, he holds a placard above a beggar’s cup, scrawled with the text, “KEEP YOUR COINS, I WANT CHANGE.” MEEK’s iconic stencil, Begging for Change, sums up a sentiment that experienced a groundswell in contemporary art practice in Australia during the Howard era and has maintained an active presence to the current day. The War on Terror, our treatment of refugees, the environment, Indigenous identity and the GFC have each figured prominently as political issues that have occupied artists and their practices over the past 15 years. I Want Change takes a snapshot of these issues and the often public, performative and socially engaging working embraced by artists to voice their protest, criticism and concern.

Image credit: Begging for Change
Stencil, dimensions variable
Image courtesy of the artist