What if racism was cool and sexy and something everyone promoted on facebook and was marketed on slurpee packing from the local 7/11 or feted through commercial television and radio streams?
The Blaktism, a new video work by Megan Cope, Directed and Produced by Suzanne Howard, is a high-energy performance and ritual that sees a young female “White Aborigine” undertake a sacred ceremony in which she receives the rite of authenticity validated by cultural authorities ever present in the Australian cultural landscape.
The sacred ceremony itself, too mystical to discuss in media ephemera, results in a satirical cultural assimilation dance party whereby all Australians are liberated, celebrated equally and transgressively renewed through physical and gestural adjustments.
The Blaktism seeks to challenge audience members with subterranean racism and its relationship within popular culture. It highlights the absurd nature of racial classification and disdain for cultural self-determination in 21st century Australia. This 7 minute pop video will interrogate notions of identity, power and Australian social history.
The Blaktism was shown at Screenspace as a part of the Next Wave Festival 2014.