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guidovanhelten Painted as part of the @pillarsproject in South Brisbane as part of the G20cultural development program, which precedes the G20 world summit in Brisbane next month.

This is the first piece I have painted since back in my hometown of Brisbane. Whilst painting overseas my work was inspired by imagery relating to cultural identity unique to place and country. Through those experiences I have reflected on the identity crisis of Australia as a nation. There still exists a great divide in mainstream Australian culture against what defines us as unique.

The Australian Indigenous nations and their rich culture and connection to this land together with our multicultural diversity exist as true features in which we stand out as culturally unique. These are the same aspects that historically and presently continue to be under attack by our weak political leaders and mainstream media, the same as our pursuit of identity and unity has relied on foreign war since world war one.

This work is about the responsibility of my large-scale portraiture style in reflecting true cultural identity unique to Australia.

Many thanks to @danielbrock @peteskijugs and San-Mari for all the legwork and Michael Aird from the Queensland Museum for collaborating on the content of the mural. Painted from an archive photograph from 1892, these old photographs are currently being researched by Michael for an exhibit at the museum next year.

#streetart #pillarsproject #G20cultural #australia #brisbane #indigenousaustralia #graffiti #concrete #art #putin #obama #G20
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guidovanhelten Speaking tonight at Urban:State at the Gold Coast along with @johnkayeart @peteskijugs and 40/40 creative
RSVP to cultural@goldcoast.qld.gov.au
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guidovanhelten Thank you @abraf96 ! Me in the Nuuk newspaper, sent in the mail from Greenland...
#streetart #graffiti #nuuk #thedailynuuk #nuukgazette #greenland #nuuk
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guidovanhelten Gangsta kid in Nuuk, from the Greenland roll...
#nuuk #film #blackandwhite #photography
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  •   shaun_fraser Looking forward to seeing the film mate 2w

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guidovanhelten Got some films developed from my trip in Greenland... @sika_bay
#film #blackandwhite #photography
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guidovanhelten Sunset and the hunter look over Nuuk, Mount Sermitsiaq in the background...
#nuuk #greenland #streetart #mountsermitsiaq #kalaallitnunaat #flavour
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guidovanhelten Painted on Blok 5 of the housing commissions in Nuuk this is the portrait of 'Pooŋojorteq’ a hunter from the remote East Greenland settlement of Ammassalik in 1906.

This building was built in the 1950’s in an attempt by the Danish government to rapidly modernise Greenlandic society. Through the closing down of social services in the remote settlements, the Inuit hunter/gathering society was moved into these urban Blok’s to work industrial jobs in the city. This rapid change from traditional cultural practices over 1 generation resulted in high rates of suicide, alcoholism and many other social problems. Today the Blok’s are now in so far need of repair due to mould/poisonous building materials that the painting of these walls seemed to re-raise what seemed like an endless discussion on the maintenance of these houses. Nice to witness how painting work can restore interest in spaces like this/ this is a great surface to paint. Blok 5 also exploded in 1970 due to some dodgy gas heating installation killing 12 people. Documentary to be released about this project in the future... Supported by @montanacans #essay #streetart #graffiti #blok5 #nuuk #greenland #kalaallitnunaat #mission #documentary #hunter #inuit #Pooŋojorteq #montanacans #montanablack
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guidovanhelten Trout we caught in the fjord @c_linerz
#nuuk #greenland #dinner
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guidovanhelten Nice lights over Nuuk
#nuuk #greenland
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guidovanhelten Weapon table
#nuuk #greenland
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guidovanhelten Happy times at the Tivoli...
#nuuk #greenland
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guidovanhelten Archives at Nunatta katersugaasivia allagaateqarfialu (Greenland National Museum)
#nuuk #greenland #inuit
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guidovanhelten Fuck you - No pissing
#nuuk #greenland
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guidovanhelten Green house - Red car
#nuuk #greenland
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guidovanhelten Finally... Welcome to Nuuk, Greenland
#greenland #nuuk
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  •   _char7 Ahhhh 2mon
  •   larscopenhagen Welcome to Denmark! 2mon
  •   shaun_fraser Its been a long time coming pal :D 2mon
  •   laglina Nooooooooooo!!!!!! Without me?! Damnit!!!!! 2mon
  •   laglina *Token swear words that show my deep seeded envy* 2mon

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