Diego Bonetto, exhibition installer at MCA, walks off the job over links with Transfield

Open Letter to the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

3 March 2014

Hi guys, you know me. I have been working at the Museum for the past 12 years as a casual installer.

In this time, I have seen lots ofthings, lots of changes, lots of power struggles and heard endlessamount of art gossip.

I am walking out of my job for this install.

It was all fine and dandy as we were taking down Yoko Ono, but then when we started working on installing the next exhibition, the 19th Biennale of Sydney, my guts began to revolt.

We all know what’s at stake here.

We all know that despite whatever we want to say to one another and the public, Transfield money is dirty money. Bloody money.

I am not inciting anyone into any action they do not want to do. I am not making a big fuss and/or painting slogans all over the walls. I respect the place, and most of all, I respect the people working within.

There are great mates at the MCA who have known me and what I do for a long time. They respect me and I respect them.

So this morning, I walked in, I stated my intentions and continued to help the crew sort themselves out, as I did not want to leave them stranded.

Once sorted, I walked out, and I am not coming back to help with this bloody 19th Biennale of Sydney.

You are all intelligent people, you all know what’s at stake

By all means, bring on the show, as we have done plenty before. But this time would be hard to ignore the reality of people sufferings.

This would actually be the time to senda clear message to the Australian government that its current asylumseeker policies are ‘ethically indefensible and a breach of humanrights’.

However you want to look at it, Luca Belgiorno-Nettis is directly implicated in this.

Some journalist the other day said that after talking to Luca he felt sorry for him.

So do I, I replied. I feel sorry forhim, the Biennale and the MCA.

But I feel way more sorry for the innocent people locked up on an island off the coast of Australia.

With all due respect

Diego Bonetto



Originally posted on Bonetto’s Facebook page.

Diego Bonetto, exhibition installer at MCA, walks off the job over links with Transfield

3 thoughts on “Diego Bonetto, exhibition installer at MCA, walks off the job over links with Transfield

  1. I have to agree with completely in this regard. It’s too important not to face the real issue of those locked in detention – I for one say ‘Not In My Name’.

  2. Reblogged this on Unload and Unwind and commented:
    An example to those in government who say that Australian’s in general agree with the detention of Asylum seekers and who try to gloss over the issues with Transfield. Thank you for sharing your opinion and for your integrity.


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