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Lessons in Dictation

Artist creator: Noreen Grahame
Categories: Bookwork / Digital Books, Multiples, Photobooks, Poetry/Proses/Text Works

Reference no.:L/Gra.N/07.00 Place/Shelf:4sthDL

Book title: Lessons in Dictation
Published by: numero uno publications
Year made: 2007
Place made: Australia
Original: Yes
(No. in Edition)
Dimensions: 195 x 247
Binder: commercial binding
Physical description: stapled booklet
Medium: photographs, text
Further information:
"The absurdity of the dictation test as proscribed in Section 3(a) of the Immigration Restriction Act of 1901 is evident in the farce surrounding the 1934 Eugon Kisch incident. Kisch, a Czech national and a communist, was invited to speak at a meeting organised by The Movement Against War and Fascism. Wanting to prevent him entering the country and speaking, the Australian government of the day, ordered he undergo a dictation test in Scottish Gaelic, a language they were sure the multi-lingual Kisch would not know, would fail and then be deported! Recent discussions about reviving the dictation to prove eligibility for Australian citizenship indicates we have not learned this lesson of history." Noreen Grahame
This work was exhibited in 'Lessons in History I" at Grahame Galleries and Editions in 2007.

This book is featured in 'The Silent Scream; political and social comment in books by artists'. For more information see PUBLICATIONS.

Artist creator: Noreen Grahame

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IMAGES: Lessons in Dictation

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