Free | Visual Arts & Installations
Karla Dickens: Return to sender
Free Event
Free | Visual Arts & Installations
Karla Dickens: Return to sender
Free Event

WHEN

6 - 30 JANUARY
FREE

WHERE

Carriageworks

accessibility

Wheelchair Access Visibility 100
Carriageworks & Karla Dickens

Return to sender — the weather is here, wish you were nice

Colonial Post Service delivers
some have a numbered mailbox out front
checking for letters, bills, or a postcard
others live under a tarp, tin, or a tree
the Queen’s stamp postmarked

Wish you were here
some wish they weren’t
just a quick note to say hi
genocide greetings with catchy captions
the mailer is now the jailer 

Postman with history haunting mailbags
carrying Australian snapshot souvenirs
senseless messages from the Smiths to the Jones
when picture postcards don't need for a word
conjuring loving hate mail

There'll be no cheques in the mail
waiting on snail mail to deliver unseen sorries
are they as deaf as the post — I listen
I hear — metal chainmail from new poison pens
now sent via email

Return to Sender

Return to Sender is Wiradjuri artist Karla Dickens’ new large-scale wall assemblage for Carriageworks. In a show of pride and defiance, the installation reworks postcards depicting racist imagery from the turn of last century with contemporary representations of First Australians. In Dickens’ typical style the work incorporates domestic detritus from rusted corrugated iron to unhoused front fences and decapitated letter boxes. Acknowledging the persistence of racial and sexual violence in contemporary life, Return to Sender is a call for resistance. Enough is enough. 



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Free Event

Ticketing & Pricing

This exhibition is a free event. No registration is required.


Location

Carriageworks 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh


Performance Times

Wednesday to Sunday from 6 - 30 January 
10am - 5pm

Accessibility

Carriageworks is an accessible venue. 

Further information on access can be found on the Carriageworks website.


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