My Sicilian Story: Pane e Zucchero (Bread and Sugar)

By Sebastian Di Mauro.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Most Australians have their ancestry in another country and thus deal directly or indirectly
with the issue of dual cultural identity. Geoffrey Stokes argues in ‘The Politics of Identity in Australia’
that, ‘discourses of identity are generally dynamic and reworked and reconstructed according to the
political needs of the time’ (1997,8). Thus, this paper will add a personel history from an Italian perspective
to the recent dialogues about cultural belonging and dislocation that has moulded and created the
richly multicultural society that is contemporary Australia. It will reinforce the significance of other
cultural values for the Australian way of life and highlight the nuances associated with displacement,
racism, reconnection and assimilation. These concepts have been investigated in my art practice and
will form the basis of the paper.

Keywords: Cultural Dislocation, Racism, Belonging, Multiculturalism, Sicilian, Australian

International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 9, Issue 4, pp.135-144. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.118MB).

Sebastian Di Mauro

Senior Lecturer, Queensland College of Art, Griffith University, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Sebastian Di Mauro is a Senior Lecturer at the Queensland College of Art where he teachers sculpture and drawing. Since 1987 he has held over 50 solo exhibitions. His artwork has been included in excess of 100 group exhibitions and has been exhibited in Australia and overseas. His paintings, sculptures, artist books and installations are featured in the collections of many of Australia’s key art institutions. Two monographs have been published on Di Mauro’s work in 1998, ‘Between Material’, and 2009 ‘Footnotes of a Verdurous Tale’. In 2009 he had a survey exhibition of his work at Queensland University of Technology Art Museum, in Brisbane. Di Mauro’s artwork has been included in many of Australia’s major sculpture prizes: National Sculpture Prize and Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia in 2001; in 2003, 2005 and 2008 his work was selected for the Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award and Exhibition and in 2003 was a finalist in The McClelland Survey and Award 2003, McClelland Gallery, Langwarrin, Victoria. He received a residency at the British School, Rome in 2002 and the Barcelona Studio, Spain in 2009 through the Australia Council for the Arts.


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