Thomas 'John' Lee Hammer is an interdisciplinary artist, who explores his own Gubbi Gubbi heritage and Indigenous identity through contemporary mediums. In his Practice, Hammer examines his personal and his familial relation to his Indigenous heritage, while bringing to light certain Indigenous issues, critiquing postcolonial Australia and sparking discussion towards Indigenous reconcillation within Australia. Hammer has also questioned certain practices within the coal mining industry, in Queensland, with critiques towards their means of disadvantaging small towns and communities. Hammer resorts to the burning of branches and arranging them into striking compositions to articulate his arguments and bring forth a confronting image of the consequences of mining industries and the systemic rascism of White Australia

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