We are all familiar with the democracy sausages by now.
A concept that can only become possible in Australia, you vote, come out and buy a sausage in a bit of bread and go on your way.
For tomorrow’s big day in Election ’19, the Campbelltown Arts Centre will go one better: you will still have your sausage, watch the election results and meet and greet artists whose works form part of the latest exhibition, OK Democracy, We Need to Talk.
Doors will open from 5.30pm with live election coverage to start from 6pm and artist talks an hour later.
Bring a gold coin donation for your democracy sausage and enjoy the show.
As for the exhibition, which will be on show until July 31, this is what Michael Dagostino, director of the arts centre, says of OK Democracy, We Need to Talk:
“It is important that our cultural institutions speak to our communities and that we are a part of critical conversations.
“Democracy is at a critical point, due to seismic shifts in the media, trust in institutions and capacity for individual and collective participation; therefore Campbelltown Arts Centre provides the perfect platform for OK Democracy, We Need to Talk,’’ he said.
The works by Abdullah MI Syed, Eugenia Lim, Sarah Rodigari, Richard Bell, Eugenia Raskopoulos, Louisa Bufardeci, Deborah Kelly, Lara Thoms, Kuba Dorabialski and Make or Break unpack themes surrounding identity politics, environmental politics, political structures, economies of labour, currency and nationalism.
In contemporary times, traditional values and perspectives of democracy are continually being challenged and questioned.
OK Democracy, We Need to Talk is a conversation and a provocation that suggests an ambition for change through the exploration of how democracy is performed in its current state.
Drawing inspiration from the idea of free media as a pillar of democracy, artists consider how the dissemination of information has never been easier. The ability to speak and to be heard is increasing with the evolution of technologies and alternative information platforms that are in consistent negotiation with power in all its forms – for better and for worse.