Blackwood, G, Pass the Iced VoVos: the resurrection of Australiana, The Conversation, The Conversation Media Group, Melbourne, November 26 (2014) [Newspaper Article]
Official URL: https://theconversation.com/pass-the-iced-vovos-th...
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 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 Field:||The creative arts|
|UTAS Author:||Blackwood, G (Dr Gemma Blackwood)|
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