Abdullah’s exhibition titled Them and Us 2011, characterizes the impasse between the so-called entities of the â˜Muslim world’ and â˜the West’ as they exist in the public imaginary, yet the complexity begins to unravel since white Australia’s imaginary is constructed under the normative discourse of whiteness, so â˜us’ means white Australia and â˜them’ refers to â˜others’. While the dominant group claims legitimacy through the coercion of the now-stabilized category â˜us’, this has been ambushed by Abdullah, renovated and shifted to a space of ambivalence and uncertainty that questions the ground on which these questions are asked: who does â˜them’ and â˜us’ refer to?
The bumper sticker’s ignoble language appealed to the imagined (white) community of far-right politician Pauline Hanson’s â˜forgotten people’ (Stratton 1998: 31). The fears and anxieties of this constituency have not gone away with the demise of far-right political parties, but remain a festering sore in white Australia’s psyche.
We go into supper commonly about half after eight or at Aurora Map Tourist Attractions nine and I usually go to bed between ten and eleven. Saturday, December 18. After Aurora Map Tourist Attractions breakfast, we all retired into the dancing room, and after the scholars had their lesson singly round Mr. Christian, very politely, requested me to step a minuet; I excused myself, however, but signified my peculiar pleasure in the accuracy of their performance. There were several minuets danced with great ease and propriety; after which the whole company joined in country-dances, and it was indeed beautiful to admiration, to see such a number of young persons, set off by dress to the best advantage, moving easily, to the sound of well performed music, and with perfect regularity, tho’ apparently in the utmost disorder. The dance continued till two, we dined at half after three.
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