ARTISTS: LPG (Laura Purcell and Paul Gazzola)
EXHIBITION: Proof of Life, curated by Dr Elizabeth Woods and Kevin Leong for Salamanca Arts Centre
WORKS: 420 x 594 mm
PROTEST ACTION 1 - Supreme Court, Tasmania 2017
PROTEST ACTION 2 - Frankland Bridge, Tasmania 2017
PROTEST ACTION 3 - Coupe FD053 Lapoinya, Tasmania 2017
PROTEST ACTION 4 - Coupe FD053 Lapoinya, Tasmania 2017
PROTEST ACTION 5 - Coupe FD053 Lapoinya, Tasmania 2017
PROTEST ACTION 6 - Parliament Lawns, Tasmania 2017
PRAWN MATERIALS: discarded rubber dinghy, buoy, rope, fishing line
TO PROTEST IS NOT A CRIME
The National Regular Weekend Protestor Association (NRWPA) believes in the use of aesthetic approaches and personal civic actions to bring about social change. The NRWPA seeks to become a critical device to talk about the potency of an individuals’ opinion and one’s ability to be politically active as a part-time activity. The NRWPA advocates for other strategies that can influence and support the way we come to protest.
The NRWPA=PRAWN recognises the constitutional importance of protest, expression and dissent. Our civil rights are entirely the product of a parliamentary process - and entirely vulnerable to it.
DON’T COME THE RAW PRAWN WITH ME
The Tasmanian government is rebuilding its Forestry Industry. Logging is currently exempt from environmental laws which affect the homes of various vulnerable, threatened and endangered species. The anti-protest laws established by the Tasmanian government in 2014 allow for on-the-spot fines and tougher penalties to protestors. This law is contrary to the implied freedom-of-speech on government and political matters under the Australian constitution.
YOUR ABILITY TO PROTEST IS A BASIC HUMAN RIGHT
LPG acknowledge and thank the following people for their generous contribution to the project through stories, discussion, directions, time and energy: Dr Elizabeth Woods, Kevin Leong, Nick Leitch, Kristine Purcell, Natasha Newman, Barbara and Stewart Hoyt, Jess Feehely, Rosemary Miller, Jenny Weber and Scott Jordan and Salamanca Arts Centre.