Dark Mofo 2021 cancels controversial artwork

A project that will be part of Dark Mofo 2021 will ask people to donate blood which will immerse a flag. Picture: Supplied
A project that will be part of Dark Mofo 2021 will ask people to donate blood which will immerse a flag. Picture: Supplied

Hobart festival, Dark Mofo, has cancelled plans to soak the Union Jack in the blood of First Nations people following widespread backlash.

The controversial project by Spanish artist Santiago Sierra was announced three days ago with a call out for blood donations from First Nations people belonging to countries and territories colonised by the British Empire.

Mona's creative director Leigh Carmichael said, in a Facebook post yesterday, the festival had been overwhelmed by responses by Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from around the world.

"Self-expression is a fundamental human right, and we support artists to make and present work regardless of their nationality or cultural background," he wrote.

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However, on Tuesday afternoon, Mr Carmichael announced the project planned for the June festival would not proceed.

"We've heard the community's response to Santiago Sierra's Union Flag. In the end the hurt that will be caused by proceeding isn't worth it," he wrote.

"We made a mistake, and take full responsibility. The project will be cancelled.

"We apologise to all First Nations people for any hurt that has been caused. We are sorry."

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