Art show exposes Agent Orange disaster
(Direct Action — August 26, 2012)
Eighty million litres of “herbicide” were sprayed on the forests, fields and people of Vietnam from 1961 to 1971, to deny shelter to the Vietnamese freedom fighters, and to deny them food and support from the local community. Most of this was Agent Orange, contaminated with high levels of dioxin, probably the most toxic chemical known.
Apart from raising a modest amount of money to go directly to the Vietnamese victims, the main gain of the event was raising consciousness among Australians about the severity and ongoing impact of the Agent Orange disaster.
Australian and Vietnamese artists
There was beautiful art by Vietnamese-Australian artists (some of whom are victims of Agent Orange), Vietnamese artists and well-known Australian artists, including a Dobell winner, an Archibald finalist and artists whose work is in state and national galleries and international collections.
AOJ was established in June 2011, with a launch meeting addressed by Mai Phuoc Dzung, the Vietnamese consul-general, Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon, green bans activist Jack Mundey and Mike Karadjis from AOJ.
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