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Awareness Days

3 young Indigenous artists using Instagram to educate

Thousands of non-native Kulin residents are using the internet to amplify young aboriginal voices this Invasion Day (if the Birraranga rally's attendance list is anything to go by).

Supporting emerging activists isn’t just about showing up to Parliament once a year. It’s our full-time responsibility to listen to and learn from the owners of the land we inhabit.

Last year, Oaktree compiled a list of useful Invasion Day resources from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander writers. This year, it’s especially important for us to listen to indigenous ideas and to educate ourselves and other non-indigenous people.

More importantly, this is not an opportunity that only comes around once a year. Here’s how you can commit more of the 1000+ hours you will spend on social media this year to support indigenous creativity.

The following three accounts belong to young indigenous creators who use their art to educate:

Divide and Dissolve

Musical duo Takiaya and Sylvie are D//D. Keep up to date on their live performances, which “will make you realize how, in comparison to the size of their wall of amps, you are just a speck of dust in the universe.”

Aretha Brown

Visual artist Aretha Brown first made headlines by addressing 50,000 protestors at a 2017 Invasion Day rally. Since then, Aretha has been nominated the Indigenous Youth Prime Minister of Australia, appeared on Q&A, released a podcast, and turned 18.

Charlotte Allingham

Charlotte Allingham’s work “challeng[es] the perception of her people through...a range of themes of modern subcultures, occultism and the First Nation’s futurism.” Maybe you already recognise Allingham’s bold illustration style from the Guardian, the Arts Centre, and DRMNGNOW.