Megan Cope – The Blaktism

20 June – 16 August 2015

The Blaktism casts a satirical gaze upon the concept of authenticating one’s indigeneity, made following and in response to the artist embarking on the process of obtaining a ‘Certificate of Aboriginality’ to bureaucratically prove and register her cultural heritage.

The absurdity of this process and its targeted racial categorisation is brought into focus withinThe Blaktism, in which Megan Cope has her cultural heritage offcially conferred by the state. The film renders this process as a quasi-religious and highly ceremonious ritual that situates the authority to control identity politics firmly within the grip of Anglo-Australian power structures..