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