Friday, February 15, 2013
Australia: Must not mention that the poor have more children
A greeting card on sale at the WA Art Gallery that encourages stereotypes about women in Armadale has caused a stir with those who live in the area.
While the local member for Parliament said the card was an unfair portrayal of Armadale residents, a gallery representative said the card was a satirical artistic expression.
Armadale, south east of Perth, was ranked the third most disadvantaged local government area in Perth in Australian Bureau of Statistics figures from 2006.
A spokeswoman for the WA Art Gallery said the gallery shop allowed the gallery to showcase diverse works from some of the state's most talented artisans and designers.
"The Gallery Shop stocks a wide range of artistic, satirical and humorous cards to appeal to a broad range of audiences, including Tantamount Cards which are created by local comedian Alex Manfrin," she said.
"As with all of the products we stock, these satirical cards do not represent the Art Gallery of WA's views, and are simply part of the melting pot of different cultural and artistic expressions we offer for sale.
Mr Manfrin said the card was one of his best sellers from hundreds that he has produced. "I first published this one three and a half years ago and I still sell it because people find it funny and buy it," he said.