Facing Up is a live outdoor performance commenting on prime ministerial statements concerning Australia’s Indigenous population, covering issues such as land rights, citizenship and treaty from 1901 to the present day. An indigenous perspective is offered in response.
Facing Up a free event not to be missed. It informs us historically and moves us emotionally. The audience moves along the Avenue of Prime Ministers in Ballarat’s Botanical Gardens from statue to statue, Barton to Turnbull.
Until a referendum in 1967, the states of Australia retained control of Aboriginal Affairs. The words of the Prime Ministers, sourced from original spoken or written documents and juxtaposed with words from Aboriginal political activists of the same period, expose racist attitudes that were common place during the 20th century. Light editing has ensured a greater chronological flow.