From Classic Rock, a series of eighteen large-format paintings by Riel Benn in which classic rock album art of the 1960s and ’70s is reimagined to address Aboriginal issues in the context of the legacy of colonization. Classic Rock exhibited at the Ashukan Cultural Affairs, this organization was probably finished because the government project funding we were receiving would disappear.
The board was undeterred by this, and so was I. When you find yourself clinging to an organization just to continue it in an ineffective way, you have to seriously ask yourself why. Our role was to confront unjust government policies toward our peoples, and it is impossible to do that in a way that will please government funders. This is a reality that too many of the current generation of leaders have yet to face.
The twenty-four-hour takeover was planned for mid-august 1973. A few days before the target date, we