Luke Cornish on the recent censorship of his work and COVID racism

Three recently censored artworks again raise questions over COVID-fuelled racism, and the flipside, social media bullying and the lack of civil conversations where needed.

Luke Cornish (aka e.l.k.) is no stranger to censorship and public backlash to his art practice.

You might recall in September 2019, Cornish’s high profile mural located along Bondi Beach’s boardwalk was vandalised. It took a hardline against Australia’s Border Force policies and the resulting suicides in detention facilities – a topic Cornish felt need greater community conversation.

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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