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ESSAYS

Parallels

Nationalism in Filipino, Indonesian and Australian art

Alison Carroll

CARLOS V. FRANCISCO, Camote eaters, 1946, oil on canvas, 86 x 130 cm, collection Arch. and Mrs Leandro Locsin, Manila, photograph courtesy Dick Baldovino.

There has been a political slogan in Australia recently: 'Working Together'. It's the type of phrase that makes people uncomfortable, assuming as it does that human relations can be so easily 'guided'.

However, in Australia at the moment terms such as 'reciprocity', 'exchange' and 'working together' are applicable to relations between artists in Australia and Asian countries. Small artist-generated…

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