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A new work is screened in this dedicated space for AGWA’s growing filmic acquisitions.

Richard Bell

Scratch an Aussie

12 August – 10 September 2017



Richard Bell Scratch an Aussie 2008

One of Richard Bell’s most defining works, Scratch an Aussie, is a playful, serious and challenging video piece that explores racism in Australia.

Through the use of jokes, mimicry and word association games between a psychiatrist (Bell) and his patients, viewers witness some of the everyday racist beliefs and jibes about Aboriginal people that operate in Australia today. The sessions are filled with humour, candour and camaraderie. Empathy, however, is notably absent.

Another light-hearted but guilt-ridden therapy session unfolds throughout. Here, Bell – the psychiatrist – talks to his psychiatrist (Gary Foley) about the pros and cons of these common beliefs.

The confessions played out on the psychiatrist’s couch are not to be missed.

Richard Bell Scratch an Aussie 2008  Richard Bell Scratch an Aussie 2008


Richard Bell

Scratch an Aussie  2008

DVD projection


duration: 10:00 min

State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia

Purchased through the TomorrowFund, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2016

Image © Richard Bell, courtesy of Milani Gallery, Brisbane

Photo: Mick Richards



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