Thomas E.S. Kelly

What sparked the idea for the work you’re presenting at Next Wave Festival 2016?

I just find it very interesting that in our current period of time I can have people disagree with my Aboriginality just because they don’t think i fit their idea of what an Aboriginal looks like. + 1. Children saying if you’re all Aboriginal then why are some white and some black (Based on an Aboriginal kids show I do) + 2. You’re not Aboriginal you have the same skin colour as me (said a pale Polish man) + 3. You’re not Aboriginal I’m a full blood (said another Aboriginal person) + That is what has sparked this piece which explores what it means to be a modern Aboriginal person.

Thomas E.S. Kelly