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Pass the Iced VoVos: the resurrection of Australiana


Blackwood, G, Pass the Iced VoVos: the resurrection of Australiana, The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group, Melbourne, November 26 (2014) [Newspaper Article]

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There’s a trend you might have noticed emerging in an array of Australian popular cultural forms at the moment. It announces the return of locally-grown pride: albeit one taken through the route of irony and absurdity.

It’s the reinvigorated interest in Australiana – material visual culture that is visually themed as Australian – appearing in an era in which other forms of flag-waving nationalistic feeling are held deeply suspect. This is tongue-in-cheek nationalism, an image of the country as seen through the rose-coloured lens of Dame Edna’s diamante cat-eye glasses, reeking strongly of eucalyptus oil and Vegemite.

Its reference points are from the past – at the moment it seems to be drawing particularly from the 1970s and 1980s – and its current use, especially in fashion and pop music, seems to be connected to the re-evaluation of some of the iconic signifiers of Australian identity.

Item Details

Item Type:Newspaper Article
Keywords:Visual art, national identity, art, australiana
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Art history, theory and criticism
Research Field:Art criticism
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:The creative arts
UTAS Author:Blackwood, G (Dr Gemma Blackwood)
ID Code:135874
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:Media
Deposited On:2019-11-19
Last Modified:2019-11-21

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