‘Fake Art Harms Culture’ is a campaign to lobby the Australian Government to address the proliferation of fake Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art and art products. This includes lobbying the government to introduce legislation to stop the production and sale of artworks and artefacts appropriating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and designs.
The campaign was created to address widespread concerns about the sale of artworks that ‘look and feel’ like Indigenous art but have no connection to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture or communities.
These commercially-produced goods – mostly aimed at the tourist market – are often made from non-traditional materials and feature inauthentic and culturally inappropriate designs.
Information and image courtesy of Indigenous Art Code