A woman knitting from her vagina and a climate activist wrapping wool around trees: Outrage as ‘political’ artists get $ 7.6 million from YOUR money for ‘bizarre’ projects
- The Resilience Fund paid out $ 7.6 million to taxpayers during Covid
- Critics say it supports ‘bizarre’ projects and is ‘obsessed with identity politics’
- Among the artists supported are climate activists and militant feminists
Australians pay millions of dollars to support ‘political’ artists, including a climate activist who wraps wool around trees.
The 2020 Resilience Fund has donated $ 7.6 million in tax dollars to help performers struggling to pay their bills during the Covid-19 pandemic.
But critics say much of the money was given to artists who are ‘obsessed with identity politics’ and that the grants are not in the national interest.
Casey Jenkins (photo) is supported with tax money. Her previous work (photo) includes knitting a yarn placed in her vagina for 28 days
Casey Jenkins from Melbourne is supported on a project where she conducts live self-inseminations on a monthly basis.
She claims the project, entitled Immaculate, “increases the experience of queer reproduction and disrupts heteronormative parenting narratives.”
It is supported by the art group Vitalstatistix Incorporated, which received a grant of $ 20,000, the Daily telegram.
Ms. Jenkins’ earlier work involved knitting a yarn that sat in her vagina for 28 days.
Other artists that have been supported include climate activist Kelly Leonard, who ‘weaves props for the environment’ and places them near coal mines.
On her website, she says, “A deep empathy for landscapes at risk from the impact of coal mining and global warming is the foundation of my work.”
Leonard received a grant of $ 10,000 along with artist Sarah Norman, who identifies as a “non-binary transmasculin person and a diaspora Koori of Wiradjuri descent.”
Norman’s previous work To be cut in the back 147 times in front of an audience.
Julie Vulcan, whose works included an installation with her own blood on scraps of cotton, also got $ 10,000.
The Australia Council for the Arts, a government body, decides who gets funding.
Dr. Bella d’Abrera of the Institute of Public Affairs’ free-market think tank said the money was “ distributed to fund an obsession with identity politics. ”
Other artists supported include climate activist Kelly Leonard who ‘weaves props for the environment’ (pictured) and places them near coal mines
She told Daily Mail Australia: ‘Thousands of Australians are losing their livelihoods, but we pay for artists to literally send things into space. This should be discontinued immediately.
It’s amazing that the Australia Council for the Arts is spending taxpayer money on a range of potential artistic projects that mainstream Australians have absolutely no benefit from.
‘Artists must be able to make any political statements they want, whatever medium they choose. But Australian taxpayers shouldn’t be paying the bill. ‘
A spokesperson for the Australia Council said that artists who receive the grants are obliged to “be accountable to the Australian government.”
“We cannot share individual acquittals for privacy and commercial trust reasons,” said the spokesperson.