Pub­lic works

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Visual Arts - Bron­wyn Wat­son

Therese Ritchie, Guess who’s com­ing to din­ner (1998). Col­lec­tion of the Mu­seum and Art Gallery of the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, Dar­win. Pur­chased 2001. On dis­play in the ex­hi­bi­tion Hot! High­lights from the MAGNT Art Col­lec­tion, MAGNT, un­til Au­gust 13. In Novem­ber 1997, when Pauline Han­son feared she might be as­sas­si­nated, she recorded a short video in which she star­tlingly de­clared: “Fel­low Aus­tralians, if you are see­ing me now, it means I have been mur­dered.”

Han­son made the video af­ter re­ceiv­ing nu­mer­ous death threats, and it was de­signed as a post­hu­mous ral­ly­ing point for her One Na­tion sup­port­ers. Not long af­ter, she launched a book, Pauline Han­son: The Truth, in which she re­port­edly claimed, among other things, that Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple were can­ni­bals and ate their ba­bies. While Han­son later dis­tanced her­self from the book’s claims, it en­sured that racism was once again a hot topic.

In re­sponse to Han­son’s deroga­tory com­ments about can­ni­bal­ism, Dar­win-based artist Therese Ritchie cre­ated an eye-catch­ing print, Guess who’s com­ing to din­ner, which fea­tures a comic-book-style Han­son on a plat­ter ready to be served up for din­ner. The print was shown in

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