How to Vote Part 1, 'A Time Like This' exhibition
Bindi Cole's How to Vote Part 1 (2008), is reflection on Indigenous women's experiences and forms part of a series that emerged from a collaboration between herself, sculptor Lorraine Connelly-Northey, and curator/writer Jirra Lulla Harvey.
The work is a play on ethnographic images of indigenous women that were taken by non-indigenous photographers in the 19th Century. In effect, it is a recreation of an early image that has been reconsidered in terms of an Indigenous perspective. The photograph also features Lorraine Connelly-Northey's Stiletto (2008), a consideration of the restrictive powers and dangerous implications of misconceptions about sexuality, and a veiled reference to the strict control of Koori marriages in the past.
How to Vote Part 1 also considers skin tone, and recalls the racist practice of defining indigenous people in such terms as "full blood" and "quadroon": terms that were subsequently used as determinants of rights.
A Time like This was an exhibition held at the Margaret Lawrence VCA Gallery 17 July- 16 August as part of the project Are We There Yet? which was funded by the VCA and the National Council of Women of Victoria for the 100 year celebration of Victorian women’s suffrage.
Bindi Cole is an emerging artist and photographer. In 2007 she won the Victorian Indigenous Art Photography Award and was also a finalist in the National Photographic Portrait Prize (National Portrait, Canberra).