Get well soon! A diagnosis (2014) is a direct challenge to the complacency many of us adopt when facing the gap between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal health,” said Mr Hancock. “Therese Ritchie and Chips Mackinolty have, in this exhibition, dramatically raised the stakes in asking the question: what if rich, powerful and/or influential Australians were—there but for the grace of God—facing the same predicament that is experienced by hundreds of Aboriginal people in remote areas of the Territory, South and Western Australia with End Stage Kidney Disease?
“In a series of sympathetic portraits of prominent Australians, from Tony Abbott to Gina Reinhart to Clive Palmer; from Andrew Bolt to Paul Kelly to Cate Blanchett; life on dialysis is depicted is one of fear, sadness and dejection—and even anger.
“The artists are asking all of us to ‘walk in the shoes’ of fellow Australians whose health outcomes are poorer than the rest of Australia, and demanding that we ask the Commonwealth and the “tri-states” of the NT, South and Western Australia sit down and work out a rational and equitable solution to a growing crisis.”
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