I see your true colors shining through...

Recalling the site of the Cronulla riots a decade after the event, Daniel Mudie Cunningham’s True Colours remakes Cyndi Lauper’s hit music video of the same name. The stylised beach setting in the original True Colorsvideo is reimagined as Cronulla, a lurid scene awash with the true blue colours of Australian nationalism. Since its release thirty years ago, Lauper’s song has become an enduring gay anthem, often being used in support of her activism for LGBTQI communities. In his remake, Cunningham amplifies these connotations as a device to ‘queer’ the distorted symbols of Australian nationalism that initiated the homosocial mob violence and territorial tribalism performed at Cronulla that day.

4K single channel video with sound, 4:06 min

Performers: Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Adonis, Rei Robinson, Rubana Huda, Nell Schofield, Abdul Abdullah

Director & Producer: Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Co-Director: Don Cameron
Director of Photography: Susan Stitt ACS
Editor: Vera Hong
Production & Costume Designer: Sarah Contos
Makeup: Adonis
Camera Assistants: Dan Abbot, Matt Wong
Thanks: Don Cameron, Cherine Fahd, Elliott Bryce Foulkes, Sebastian Goldspink, Carrie Miller, Nell, Ali Peck, Krystyna Pomirska, Jessica Ronchi, Susan Stitt, Catherine White

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Collection: Wollongong Art Gallery (Edition 1), MAMA - Murray Art Museum Alburt (Edition 2), Artbank (Edition 3)

Exhibited in:
True Colours, Alaska Projects, 2016
True Colours, Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), 2016-17
Channel Surfing, curated by Rebecca Ross, The Walls, Gold Coast, 2016
Fishers Ghost Art Prize, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2016
True Colours, Murray Art Museum Albury, 2017
New Acquisitions Collection, Wollongong Art Gallery, 2017
Sauced Material, Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, 2018
The Night Watch, Commonwealth Games Festival 2018 & The Walls, Gold Coast, 2018

Gary Carsley, The Image in the Shadow of Music, Broadsheet, 45:2, 2016
Susan Charlton, I See Your True Colours Shining Through, Brand Susan (blog), 2016