White man got no dreaming
Mixed media installation at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Commissioned for the 16th Biennale of Sydney, Revolutions—Forms that turn


White man got no dreaming responds to contemporary Indigenous life in Australia and creates new associations with the history of visionary architecture and its failures, and with the collapse of narratives of revolution. Produced in collaboration with a number of individuals and groups in the contested Aboriginal neighborhood of Sydney referred to as The Block, the project includes a narrative series of drawings and a full-scale contemporary version of avant-garde Russian artist Vladimir Tatlin's model for Monument to the Third International (1919). The reconstructed tower, which was to have been made of a double-helix of spirals, was never built; today, it is a symbol of revolutionary and visionary thought. The Block’s Tatlin tower is a rebirth of collective hope, as it recycles discarded materials from old houses, soon to be demolished, owned by the Aboriginal Housing Company in Redfern, Sydney, and fulfills one of Tatlin's intentions for the original Monument by using it as a broadcast tower for Koori Radio, a local Aboriginal station.