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Richard Bell 

You Can Go Now

Installation view of RICHARD BELL’s “You Can Go Now,” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney, 2021. Photo by Anna Kučera. Courtesy the artist and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia.

The words “YOU CAN GO NOW!” blazed in orange as audiences entered Richard Bell’s exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. This demand, painted on a monochromatic map of Australia, epitomizes Bell’s signature wit and political critique, deployed here to undercut governmental policies on immigration and on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights. It set the…

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