09 February, 2006

Michael Agzarian

"A single complaint was made against his artworks to the Prime Minister’s Office on the grounds that the images were ‘treasonous’, prompting the Government’s Arts Department to contact the gallery to find out whether it was a government funded exhibition.

It was not, as it turned out.

“But”, says Agzarian, “what arose from that was the general debate in the community both locally and nationally about the influence of the Government, and their stance on this question about funding. In these uncertain times, I think the question was raised from concerned artists like myself as to what would have happened if there was funding – would the Government have taken the pieces down?”

Michael Agzarian hopes to exhibit his work in Sydney again in the coming year. Until then you can see it online at www.nomorelies.com.au.

from the program

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