Confessions of Cultural Guilt

Pat Hoffie

When Pat Hoffie was invited to visit Timor–Leste with a group of experts advising on setting up a National Academy for Creative Industry, she had mixed views.

As an artist, who has spent much of her career and life engaging with the people and culture of the countries to the north of Australia, she was excited to be included.

But as someone with a critical perspective on the legacy of colonialism and the place of creative industries, she had reservations about turning culture into commerce.

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