STORY - Empower
Get Up! Stand Up! Show Up! are empowering words deserving of a powerful artwork. This year the elements in my artwork are strongly based on Mob uniting. In the centre is a fist which represents Mob, and a heart that represents passion and pride. In every state of Australia we gather in special areas that are connected by trails carved into the countryside, and we express our culture through voice, treaty and truth.
Uniting Mob is something First Nations people of this Country are very familiar with. As we have proven throughout history, we will always stand together as one to protect our cultural significance and keep it thriving for the next generations. We continue to come together and stand strong, even when we’re told not to. As a young Indigenous man, without my cultural identity I am nothing.- Nathaniel Chapman