Julian Who? – Truth telling and the Flame of Wisdom both burn very low – 2024
Mixed media sculpture. Repurposed vintage three drawer cabinet, Bird cage, combined Oz/USA lapel badge, large scale ceramic pawn, regular wooden chess board, brass castors, aluminium tubing, surmounted by artist’s (reconstituted) extracted wisdom tooth. H x W x D
Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks has been held in detention (without charge) by the British Government, pending appeals against extradition to the USA for purported truth-telling espionage crimes not committed in America. This scandalous treatment is considered by international jurists as torture. President Biden referred to Julian Assange a Techno-terrorist. The Australian government has done nothing visibly to insist on his immediate return home. Julian faces a life sentence if convicted in America. The Australian public are largely unapprised of his predicament and if aware, believe media reports of his criminality – hence the title “Julian who? This is at the very least inhumane treatment by the British under pressure from their US partner (in their crimes). And successive Australian governments bear a heavy burden of shame for their inaction.