Luke Cornish on censorship, commercialism and street art

In the wake of his recently vandalised Bondi Mural, street artist E.L.K. talks about the pitfalls of activism and the choice to step away from the art world.
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Luke Cornish; Image supplied

When Sydney Waverley Council approached artist Luke Cornish to re-show his exhibition The Sea – shown last year at The Lock-Up in Newcastle – he was not expecting to become the target of a social media storm, and the subject of a national conversation about the freedom of speech.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina

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