Blak Markets fight against the fake Aboriginal art trade
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The proliferation of fake Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art is not just theft, it's cultural theft.
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Blak Markets fight against the fake Aboriginal art trade

by Joanna Cabot See Profile
Barangaroo NSW, Australia
14th Dec 2017
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Blak Markets fight against the fake Aboriginal art trade

“We can’t compete with the thousands of fake art[works] coming onto the market..That’s what the tourists want, they want..to buy cheap Aboriginal work to take back. What they don’t realise is that it’s not actually done by Aboriginal people.”

In August this year, the Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs launched an Inquiry into the Proliferation of Inauthentic Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ‘Style’ Art.

The proliferation of fake Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art is not just theft, it’s cultural theft. The Blak Markets promote ethical trading and an understanding of Aboriginal art in the context of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture to encourage consumers to purchase directly from artists themselves.

Filmed by Thomas Hellier.

Joanna Cabot

About Joanna Cabot

Joanna Cabot is a video journalist for The QUO, and a radio reporter at SBS French and 2SER. Before entering into the world of journalism, Joanna was working in the fashion industry in Paris. After travelling for two years, she felt that sharing people's untold stories was her passion and studied a Master of Journalism at UTS. Joanna's curiosity and friendly personality lead her to reveal stories that matter.

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Barangaroo NSW, Australia
14th December 2017

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