Aboriginal leaders in Tasmania are divided over an artist's plan to bring attention to colonial violence against the state's indigenous people by burying himself under a busy Hobart road.
Mike Parr will live without food in a small container under Macquarie Street in the city's CBD for three days next month as part of the Dark Mofo festival.
The road will be sealed above him and traffic will continue as normal.
Mr Parr will draw and meditate in the container, with air supplied by a fan.
Yet again #DarkMofo pushing the boundaries with the upcoming ‘burial’ of artist Mike Parr under the streets of Hobart. A brilliant piece in @TimDouglas_Aus in #Review. Shame Parr will he sending his back catalogue to Italy!— Tubby Tee (@tubilicious_) 26 May 2018
Dark Mofo creative director Leigh Carmichael said the work would make a poignant statement about the Black War.
Governor George Arthur in 1826 declared martial law against Aboriginal Tasmanians to push them out of settled areas.
Up to 900 Aboriginal people and 200 colonists died in related conflict.
"It is a story that is not well known, but is ever-present, just beneath the surface of our contemporary culture," Mr Carmichael said.
Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre (TAC) CEO Heather Sculthorpe told AAP she agrees with the artist's intentions but not his method.
Why not have someone from the Aboriginal community do something as tribute? To tell the story of their own history? Dark Mofo organisers are so tone deaf.— Jennine Khalik (@jennineak) 29 May 2018
"We think it's a weird way to draw attention to these pretty bad aspects of the island's past," she said.
But Michael Mansell, a TAC spokesperson, released a statement on Tuesday saying the Aboriginal people of Tasmania support the work.
"(The) unusual method of making the point might raise eyebrows, but more importantly he might raise Tasmania's awareness of the mass killings of Aboriginals," he wrote.
"Instead of Tasmania putting its head in the sand it needs to openly talk about the past and how it affects people today.
"Mr Parr is making his contribution."
in Hobart during Dark Mofo they bury a person underground for days + call it art, when I was growing up we called it the’Prayer Cupboard’— steve cumper (@stevencumper) 28 May 2018
Ms Sculthorpe believes organisers didn't consult with the Aboriginal community.
"Good that it's bringing attention to Tasmania's past," she said.
"The fact it's sidelining the community and not enabling Aboriginal people to tell our own stories are things that we don't agree with.
"There should be more discussion about the facts of our history. About the massacres that occurred. All this is well documented."
Dark Mofo, produced by the Museum of Old and New Art, has a history of controversial performances.
In 2017, the festival copped criticism from animal rights groups over an animalistic sacrificial ritual that included a bloody bull carcass.
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