The Stolen Generation


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Product Type: Illustration Artist:Emmanuelle Iroakazi

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Emmanuelle Iroakazi

BA (Hons) Media Communications – London College of Communication

Giclee print on 60gsm paper, 2022
76.20 cm x 50.80 cm (Framed)

"The Stolen Generation refers to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children removed from their families between 1910 and the 1970s. The Stolen Generation was an attempt for Australian federal and state government agencies and church missions to 'breed' out the aboriginal race through a policy of assimilation.

The native plants and nature surrounding the aboriginal children create a familiar uncomfortably as the plants are aesthetically pleasing, which dramatically contrasts with the aggressive white silhouettes. On a deeper level, it also concerns the alleged debate, suggesting that Indigenous Australians legislated as part of the Flora and Fauna act, which did not classify natives as human beings.

The woman in the illustration is a portrait of my grandmother, the arm on the wrist shows the longing impact of the Stolen Generation, even when it ended. According to Australia Together, products of the Stolen Generation experience high rates of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and suicide, and poor health and socioeconomic outcomes. In addition, stolen Generations survivors, like my grandmother, now descendants, still have to deal with the financial difficulties, education divide and generational trauma."



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