Lodovica Guarnieri
& Lorenzo Gerbi

Nabati (2016)

HD Video, 32’, with sound


Nabati is a video essay in four chapters exploring the colonial and neo-colonial relations underlying Australian national culture. In a patchwork of apparently mismatching elements, the four chapters draw attention on the unseen connections of Australia with the Arab and Persian worlds in the areas of sport, land, defense and borders. The Flemington Racecourse, which is the first racecourse of Melbourne and a symbol of Australia’s colonial legacy, offers the starting point for this exploration. The Emirates sponsorship of the Flemington Racecourse creates the context for the essay to further expose the ongoing dialogue with Arab elements that had underlined Australian national sovereignty since its beginning. Conceptually starting from the Flemington Racecourse, the tours are structured around different modern buildings in the city of Melbourne. By highlighting the tight relationships between Australia and the Middle East, the project questions the parameters that regulate the acceptance and rejection of what is depicted as foreign.

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