Righting the Wrongs (2008)

Righting the Wrongs (Ocular Lab, Melbourne, 2008) is an installation of wall-text paintings of excerpts from the 2008 landmark apologies to Australia’s Aboriginal Stolen Generations and Canada’s First Nations Indian residential school survivors made by Prime Ministers Kevin Rudd (Australia) and Stephen Harper (Canada). The two shades of pink approximate the complexions of these prime ministers at the time of delivering these apologies. In retrospect, this work was a prototype for the public art installation, We Are Sorry, part of the 2009 Laneway Commissions. In 2010, the Winnipeg Art Gallery hosted a version of We Are Sorry by invitation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.