Poster - 'Australia is on Fire'

Production date
2020
Country
Australia
State/Province
Victoria
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Description
A poster featuring cartoon drawings relating to the 2019-2020 Australian bushfire emergency including a Rural Fire Service vehicle and koalas surrounded by flames. At the top of the image in text that looks like smoke are the words /AUSTRALIA/IS ON/FIRE/. At the bottom of the poster is a QR code and the words /Help save our wildlife today./@ontheleans for #BushfireBrandalism/. in The poster is part of a collection of 41 high-resolution digitally-printed posters featuring the work of artists protesting about the need for action on climate change during the 2019-2020 Australian bushfire emergency.
Classification
CH classification DOCUMENTS Posters
CH classification DOCUMENTS Posters protest
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Production date
2020
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Measurements
1800mm x 1200mm (6 sheet)
Media/Materials description
Poster paper
Signature/Marks
/AUSTRALIA/IS ON/FIRE/
/Help save our wildlife today./
/@ontheleans for #BushfireBrandalism/
History and use
This collection of high-resolution digitally printed posters were created for an unsanctioned art campaign under the banner ‘Bushfire Brandalism’ in response to the 2019-2020 Australian bushfire emergency. In February 2020, a collective of 41 Australian artists replaced 78 public advertising posters across Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne with satirical posters highlighting the destructive effects of the fossil fuel industry and the need for government action on climate change.

The 2019-2020 bushfire season had a catastrophic effect on the residents, infrastructure, and unique ecosystems of Queensland, with more than 7 million hectares burnt across the state. This collection of 41 posters documents community reactions to a significant event in Queensland’s history and contributes to a contemporary and ongoing narrative about climate change and activism in Australia.
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Registration number
H50144

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