‘The Wall Remix’, a musical reading
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437 Aboriginal deaths in custody, without one conviction.
The destruction of the 46,000 year-old Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikara shelter by mining company Rio Tinto.
Sometimes walls protect them, and sometimes they protect us.
‘The Wall Remix’ reinterprets Pink Floyd’s 1979 rock opera ‘The Wall’ through an Indigenous lens.
While Floyd’s lead character is isolated in a hotel room Blak, a poet activist and child of the Stolen Generations festers in remand following their arrest during the 2020 Narrm #BLM rally.
Using the structure of Floyd’s 26 tracks, ‘The Wall Remix’, a musical reading opens with live music accompanying Blak’s reflection on the #BLM marches. With tens of thousands of people marching to protest the murder of African American George Floyd, Blak mourns the death in custody of 437 Aboriginal brothers, sisters, mothers, fathers, friends, Aunts and Uncles.
Confronting systematic structures of domination—including politics, education and the media—‘The Wall Remix’ explores questions around isolation, abandonment, dependency, and personal protection. Struggling to dismantle the psychological walls of generational trauma, Blak—like Pink Floyd’s lead character in ‘The Wall’—emerges from isolation with renewed strength and drive to make this world a better world.