Dark Mofo cancels project after widespread response

Dark Mofo has cancelled a project calling for contributions of ‘First Nations blood’ after outcry.

Dark Mofo recently announced its first major project for the 2021 festival including an artwork, Union Flag by Spanish artist Santiago Sierra, that called for the use of First Nation’s blood, which would be used to immerse the British Flag. The project drew widespread outcry including from First Nations artists.

The flag was to be put on display during the festival, but the project has now been cancelled because of backlash.

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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