Badtjala artist and academic Fiona Foley has followed a lifetime passion for exposing the truth about race politics in Queensland to create some truly confronting work.
Her book ‘Biting The Clouds’ reveals the reality behind the Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act 1897 and it’s mind blowingly horrific stuff that we all need to know about.
With her photographic installation Horror Has a Face (2017) she recreated the opium dens of the late 1800s and placed aboriginals and opium in the same frame for the first time.
She sourced props and costumes from Lismore’s car boot sales and created vignettes at Ballina’s Patch’s Beach, the Wardell Cemetery, Goonellabah and The Channon.
Hear her talk about her powerful body of work on Roadtrip, 5.15pm Tuesday September 27.