Vernon Ah Kee
Vernon Ah Kee (born 1967) is an Australian award-winning artist, political activist and founding member of ProppaNOW. He is an Aboriginal Australian man with ties to the Kuku Yalandji, Waanji, Yidinji and Gugu Yimithirr peoples in Queensland, Australia. His art practice typically focuses on his Aboriginal Australian identity and place within a modern Australian framework. He is a contemporary artist, based primarily in Brisbane, and is regarded as one of Australia's most prominent, active artists. Ah Kee has exhibited his art at numerous galleries across Australia, including the Art Gallery of New South Wales (AGNSW) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. He has also exhibited internationally, most notably at the 2009 Venice Biennale and the 2015 Istanbul Biennial, having been chosen to represent Australia.
Vernon Ah Kee
|Born||1967 (age 54)|
|Education||Queensland College of Art|
|Known for||Painting, text art, installation art, mixed media|
|Movement||Urban Indigenous art|
|Awards||2012 Finalist, Archibald Prize |
2012 Visual Artist of the Year, Deadly Awards
2014 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize
2018 Australia Council Visual Arts Fellowship
Ah Kee has a very diverse art practice, using a broad range of techniques and media such as painting, installation, photography and text-based art. He is particularly renowned for his manipulation of colonial language and imagery to highlight racial issues in Australia. His exhibitions generally receive positive reviews and his works are hosted in both public and private collections around the world.
In 2003, Ah Kee, along with other Indigenous Australian artists Richard Bell, Jennifer Herd and Joshua Herd, created ProppaNOW – an organisation dedicated to supporting urban Indigenous artists in Brisbane and combating cultural stereotypes.
He was awarded the Australia Council's Visual Arts Fellowship in 2018.
Personal life and educationEdit
Vernon Ah Kee was born in Innisfail, Queensland in 1967 to Merv and Margaret Ah Kee, who were Indigenous rights activists. Like most other Indigenous people in Australia, the family was not included in the population census until 1971. He is an Aboriginal Australian, of the Kuku Yalandji, Waanji, Yidinji and Ggu Yimithirr peoples in Queensland. He also has some Chinese ancestry from his great-grandfather, but Ah Kee has stated that he identifies more with his Indigenous heritage.
Ah Kee started his Bachelor of Visual Art at Queensland College of Art in Brisbane in 1996. He majored in Contemporary Indigenous Australian art and earned his degree in 1998. He then went on to do honours in fine art from 1999 to 2000, and then completed a doctorate in fine art from 2001 to 2007. During his studies, he had two solo exhibitions hosted at his college's art gallery as part of his postgraduate work – whitefella normal blackfella me in 2000 and con Text in 2007.
In 2014, his father died in a car accident. In 2017 Ah Kee drew Portrait of My Father, a task that he described as a "labour of love".
While Ah Kee incorporates a broad range of different art mediums, from life drawings to video installations, a consistent theme across all of his artworks is his examination of racism in Australia. Ah Kee has said that his art practice has been influenced by a wide range of artists and styles, but most significantly by other Indigenous artists such as Kevin Gilbert, Trevor Nickolls, Richard Bell and Gordon Bennett, stating that "I can see my own life and history" in their artworks. In particular, Bell and Bennett's manipulation of colonial text and images encouraged him to broaden his art practice and experiment with media beyond drawing - the text art, in particular, is a common technique among ProppaNOW artists. He also credits the politics of Malcolm X and James Baldwin, two prominent African American activists, as early inspirations for both his art practice and personal activism, as well as Barbara Kruger's propaganda-inspired art.
Many of his text-based artworks contain colonial language that have been manipulated and rewritten to create a secondary meaning, such as his 2003 austracism being a play on the word "ostracism", and 2009 becauseitisbitter appropriating a poem from American poet Stephen Crane to portray an Indigenous experience of contemporary Australia. It has been suggested that the black and white text introduces the concept of racial relations in Australia and that the word play makes the audience think more deeply on the issues represented. The Museum of Contemporary Art Australia described his text-based art as "...point[ing] to prejudices and agendas embedded in Australian society and politics. These puns and words-within-words fuse the history and language of colonisation with contemporary experiences and issues".
Ah Kee has also engaged with drawing and painting mediums to highlight the modern Indigenous experience. fantasies of the good is a series of 13 detailed charcoal life drawings of different members of Ah Kee's family, who are all identified by name. The series uses a mug-shot style and is suggested to reference the documentation of Indigenous Australians by some anthropologists in the twentieth century; the Indigenous people who were documented were unnamed and the works were rather referred to by numbers. Ah Kee wanted to convey Australia's history of racism and has stated that "These drawings and what they represent are my evidence". His 2012 portrait, I see deadly people: Lex Wotton, depicted the titular man through bold paint strokes Ah Kee explained that Wotton's actions during the Palm Island Riots led to him being negatively misrepresented in the media, and the artist decided that "Lex should look bold and brave" in his portrait.
Ah Kee has used video installation art, most notably in his exhibition Tall Man, to create confronting reflections of Australian racism. In Tall Man, Ah Kee collected and edited footage from the Palm Island riots, an event that occurred after the death of Indigenous man Cameron Doomadgee in police custody, and retold the controversial story from an Indigenous perspective. The installation played across four screens and juxtaposed a peaceful representation of Palm Island with the chaos of the riots, concluding with footage of protesters holding up signs with Christian-related statements such as "Thou shalt not covet the land no more". Maura Reilly suggests this was to reference the hypocrisy of white Australian Christians in their treatment of Indigenous peoples.
His recent work, the island, also features a video installation, in which Ah Kee highlights Australia's "brutal" immigration system through the recounting of an Afghani refugee couple's story, rather than wholly focusing on the experiences of Indigenous Australians.
Along with Richard Bell, Jennifer Herd and Joshua Herd, all artists based in Brisbane, Ah Kee is a founding member of proppaNOW. Bell had stated in 2002: "Aboriginal art – its a white thing", saying that the industry was controlled by white people, a sentiment echoed by Ah Kee. The ProppaNOW artists seek to refute the white belief that remote Indigenous Australians are the only true Aboriginal people, and to re-establish the presence of urban Indigenous people in society. The founding members created the organisation after the government's Queensland Indigenous Artists Marketing Export Agency (QIAMEA) appeared to focus more on Indigenous artists from rural communities than on those from urban areas.
At a Canberra proppaNOW exhibition in 2007, Ah Kee displayed his artwork You Deicide. Senior Curator at the National Museum of Australia, Margo Neale, suggested that the work's deliberate misuse of deicide was a comment on the role of Christian-based religions in the "cultural terrorism" of Aboriginal people, and that the manipulation of colonial language in the work was a common "tactical device used by the proppaNOW artists".
Dark + DisturbingEdit
Dark + Disturbing is a curatorial project by Ah Kee. In August 2015, he mounted the exhibition Dark + Disturbing: Gordon Hookey for proppaNOW at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair, featuring the work of fellow collaborator in proppaNow, Gordon Hookey.
Reviews and criticisms of his artEdit
Ah Kee has generally received positive reviews of his art, often being praised for his clever reinventions of colonial language to highlight racism in Australia and noted for the dual personal and political nature of his art. His Tall Man exhibition, a video and text installation of the Palm Island Riots, was called a "smartly composed yet painful examination of racial relations in Australia" by Art Asia Pacific Magazine.
Art critic and broadcaster Andrew Frost reviewed some of Ah Kee's works at the Sydney Festival and quotes the artist: "this is not history, this is my life" and "this is not political, it's personal". Frost gave particular praise for the artist's charcoal drawings of his family, the form referencing the documentation of Indigenous peoples by 20th century anthropologists, finding that Ah Kee was personalising a traditionally impersonal genre.
When Ah Kee was awarded the Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize, one of the judges, National Art School Curator Judith Blackall, also noted the dual political and personal nature of Ah Kee's work and how it impacts the audience. In regard to his portrait of Lex Wotton, she stated that “Vernon’s masterful drawing technique of charcoal and acrylic paint on canvas goes from strength to strength. This portrait is particularly powerful as it shows Lex Wotton – who the artist knows well as he is married to Vernon’s cousin – in profile, with an intense gaze. Importantly, the story behind the portrait is of great significance, both personally for the artist and politically for Australia".
In Ah Kee's 2020 exhibition, The Island, Andrew Brooks suggested that the show was criticising the romanticised, white settler mythology of Australia and was trying to remind the audience of Australia's indigenous presence. Unlike Frost, Brooks determined the inclusion of the Yuendumu doors to be "a powerful statement about the continuity of Indigenous sovereignty in this country", especially in their juxtaposition with the Walpiri Dreamtime paintings. Brooks judged that the contrast between the racist graffiti of Yuendumu doors and the "vibrant" Dreamtime paintings indicated that indigenous culture was more than what white Australian culture limited it to be.
In 2012, Ah Kee was a finalist for the Art Gallery of New South Wales' Archibald Prize with his portrait I see deadly people: Lex Wotton. Wootton man is Ah Kee's cousin-in-law and was a key figure in the Palm Island Riots of 2004. In the same year, Ah Kee was also awarded Visual Artist of the Year in the Deadly Awards, the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment & Community Awards.
In 2018, Ah Kee was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship by the Australia Council for the Arts. The fellowship is worth up to A$80,000 and awarded to prominent artists in mid-career. Ah Kee planned to use his fellowship grant to exhibit his work in England and at other galleries abroad, as well as to produce new artworks.
In 2020 Ah Kee featured as one of six Indigenous artists in the ABC TV series This Place: Artist Series. The series is a partnership between the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the National Gallery of Australia, in which the producers travelled to the countries of "some of Australia's greatest Indigenous artists to share stories about their work, their country, and their communities".
As of 31 December 2019[update], Ah Kee has displayed his art at 30 solo exhibitions and 100 group exhibitions, all around the world. He continues to create and exhibit his art in 2020, with plans to exhibit more of his work abroad. The following table lists his exhibitions to date.
|1999||If I was White||Solo||Metro Arts Centre||Brisbane||Australia|
|2000||The Which Way||Solo||Queensland College of Art Gallery||Brisbane||Australia|
|2001||whitefella normal blackfella me||Solo (Postgraduate)||Queensland College of Art Gallery||Brisbane||Australia|
|Transit Narratives||Group||Centro per la Arti Visive LE VENEZIE||Treviso||Italy|
|Salone espositivo||Auronzo di Cadore||Italy|
|Municipio||Group||Queensland College of Art Gallery||Brisbane||Australia|
|Victorian College of the Arts||Melbourne||Australia|
|2003||consent||Solo||Gallery 1 of the Institute of Modern Art||Brisbane||Australia|
|Places That Name Us||Group||Ian Potter Museum of Art||Melbourne||Australia|
|1 Square Mile, Brisbane Boundaries||Group||Museum of Brisbane||Brisbane||Australia|
|Abstractions||Group||The Drill Hall||Canberra, ACT||Australia|
|This Is Not America||Group||(unmentioned)||Düsseldorf||Germany|
|Queensland College of Art||Brisbane||Australia|
|Story Place: Indigenous Art of Cape York and the Rainforest||Group||Queensland Art Gallery||Brisbane||Australia|
|4 x 4||Group||Institute of Modern Art||Brisbane||Australia|
|5 White Cubes||Group||Forum Kunst Art Residency||Rottweil||Germany|
|Feedback: Art, Social Consciousness and Resistance||Group||Museum of Art||Melbourne||Australia|
|2004||fantasies of the good||Solo||Bellas Milani Gallery||Brisbane||Australia|
|skin||Group||Long Gallery, Salamanca Arts Centre||Hobart, Tas.||Australia|
|Cultural Copy: Visual Conversations on Indigenous Art and Cultural Appropriation||Group||Fowler Museum of Cultural History||Los Angeles||USA|
|blak insights: Contemporary Indigenous Art from the Queensland Art Gallery||Group||Queensland Art Gallery||Brisbane||Australia|
|ART TV 2004: Australian Culture Now||Group||Australian Centre for the Moving Image||Melbourne||Australia|
|Spirit and Vision: Aboriginal Art||Group||Sammlung Essl—Kunsthaus||Klosterneuburg||Austria|
|2005||you must hit||Solo||Bellas Milani Gallery||Brisbane||Australia|
|mythunderstanding||Solo||Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia||Adelaide||Australia|
|ARC Art||Group||Design & Craft Biennial, Brisbane City Hall||Brisbane||Australia|
|Thick and Fast||Group||The Powerhouse||Brisbane||Australia|
|Art Urbain du Pacific||Group||Diff’ Art Pacific, The Castle of St-Auvent||Saint Auvent||France|
|The Grey Voice||Group||Tin Sheds Gallery||Sydney||Australia|
|Untitled||Group||The Lane Gallery||Auckland||New Zealand|
|Face Value: Video portraiture from the Pacific||Group||Ivan Dougherty Gallery||Sydney||Australia|
|Museum of Brisbane||Brisbane||Australia|
|2006||not an animal or a plant||Solo||Bellas Milani Gallery||Brisbane||Australia|
|Yours, Mine, Ours: The ABC of Everything||Group||Campbelltown Arts Centre||Sydney||Australia|
|There Goes the Neighbourhood||Group||Ambleside Street Studio||Brisbane||Australia|
|Colonial to Contemporary||Group||Dell Gallery||Brisbane||Australia|
|The Sixth Drawing Biennale||Group||Drill Hall Gallery, ANU||Canberra||Australia|
|MCA Collection: New Acquisitions 2006||Group||Museum of Contemporary Art||Sydney||Australia|
|Radical Regionalism: The Empire of Shadows||Group||Museum of London||London||United Kingdom|
|Queensland Live||Group (tour)||Queensland Art Gallery||Brisbane||Australia|
|Dancelines||Group||George Adams Gallery, The Arts Centre||Melbourne||Australia|
|2007||cant chant||Solo||Institute of Modern Art (IMA)||Brisbane||Australia|
|unwritten||Solo||Bellas Milani Gallery||Brisbane||Australia|
|conText||Solo (Postgraduate)||Queensland College of Art Gallery||Brisbane||Australia|
|Drawings||Solo||Brisbane State High School||Brisbane||Australia|
|Power & Beauty: Indigenous Art Now||Group||Heide Museum of Modern Art||Melbourne||Australia|
|Regionalisms||Group||University of Queensland Art Museum||Brisbane||Australia|
|National Indigenous Art Triennial: Culture Warriors||Group||National Gallery of Art||Canberra||Australia|
|The Amersham Trophy||Group||Ambleside Street Studio, West End||Brisbane||Australia|
|Sunshine State||Group||Smart State, Campbelltown Arts Centre||Sydney||Australia|
|Friendly Fire||Group (ProppaNOW)||George Petelin Gallery||Gold Coast, Qld||Australia|
|Thresholds of Tolerance||Group||School of Art Gallery||Canberra||Australia|
|Raised by Wolves||Group||Art Gallery of Western Australia||Perth||Australia|
|Revolutions: Forms that Turn||Group||2008 Biennale of Sydney||Sydney||Australia|
|In the space of elsewhere||Group||Stanley Picker Gallery||London||England|
|New Millennium||Group||Lismore Regional Gallery||Lismore, NSW||Australia|
|On Paper||Group||Milani Gallery||Brisbane||Australia|
|Optimism||Group||Gallery of Modern Art||Brisbane||Australia|
|2009||Once Removed||Group||53rd Venice Biennale of Art||Venice, Italy||Australia|
|Terra Nullius: Contemporary Art from Australia||Group||ACC Galerie||Weimar||Germany|
|I walk the line: new Australian drawing||Group||Museum of Contemporary Art||Sydney||Australia|
|Avoiding myth and message: Australian artists & the literary world||Group||Museum of Contemporary Art||Sydney||Australia|
|2010||Tall Man||Solo||Milani Gallery||Brisbane||Australia|
|Vernon Ah Kee||Solo||City Gallery||Wellington||New Zealand|
|Waru||Solo||Gallery of Modern Art||Brisbane||Australia|
|Kick Arts, Contemporary Arts||Cairns, Qld||Australia|
|Blow your house in||Solo||Mackenzie Art Gallery||Regina||Canada|
|roundabout.||Group||City Gallery Wellington||Wellington||New Zealand|
|Basil Sellers Art Prize,||Group||Ian Potter Museum of Art||Melbourne||Australia|
|National Works on Paper Award||Group||Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery||Melbourne||Australia|
|Jus’ Drawn,||Group||Linden Contemporary Arts Centre||Melbourne||Australia|
|PUTSCH proppaNOW||Group (proppaNOW||Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute||Adelaide||Australia|
|2011||Tall Man||Solo||Gertrude Contemporary||Melbourne||Australia|
|Bad Sign||Solo||Milani Gallery||Brisbane||Australia|
|Barack Commissions||Group||National Gallery of Victoria||Melbourne||Australia|
|The Black Sea.||Group||Kickarts Contemporary Arts||Cairns, Qld||Australia|
|Counting Coup,||Group||Museum of Contemporary Native Art||New Mexico||USA|
|Evolving Identities: Contemporary Indigenous Art||Group||John Curtin Gallery||Perth, WA||Australia|
|Erased: Contemporary Australian Drawing||Group (Asialink)||Nanwang Academy of Fine Arts Gallery (NAFA)||(unmentioned)||Singapore|
|PSG Art Gallery, Silpakorn University||Bangkok||Thailand|
|Chiang Mai University Faculty of Fine Art Gallery||Chiang Mai||Thailand|
|Khon Kaen University Art Gallery||Khon Kaen||Thailand|
|National Art School||Sydney||Australia|
|Ten Years of Contemporary Art: The James Sourris Collection||Group||Gallery of Modern Art||Brisbane||Australia|
|2012||Hallmarks of the Hungry||Solo||Milani Gallery||Brisbane||Australia|
|Everything Falls Apart||Group||Artspace||Sydney||Australia|
|Propositions Part 2||Group||Milani Gallery||Brisbane||Australia|
|Negotiating this World: Contemporary Australian Art||Group||National Gallery of Victoria||Melbourne||Australia|
|unDisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial||Group||National Gallery of Australia||Canberra||Australia|
|The Future’s Not What it Used to Be||Group||Touring Chapter Gallery||Cardiff, Wales||Australia|
|Newlyn Art Gallery and Exchange||Cornwall||England|
|Making Change: Celebrating the 40 Years of Australia-China Diplomatic Relations||Group||NAMOC||Beijing||China|
|2013||Invasion Paintings||Solo||Milani Gallery||Brisbane||Australia|
|My Country: I Still Call Australia Home||Group||Gallery of Modern Art||Brisbane||Australia|
|Voice and Reason||Group||Gallery of Modern Art||Brisbane||Australia|
|Sakahan: 1st International Quinquennial of New Indigenous Art||Group||National Gallery of Canada||Ottawa||Canada|
|Shadowlife||Group||Bendigo Art Gallery||Bendigo, Vic.||Australia|
|Saltwater Country||Group||Gold Coast City Gallery||Gold Coast, Qld||Australia|
|Subject to Ruin||Group||Casula Power House||Casula, NSW||Australia|
|Four Rooms||Group||Adelaide Festival||Adelaide||Australia|
|2015||Encounters||Group||National Museum of Australia||Canberra||Australia|
|Propositions Three||Group||Milani Gallery||Brisbane||Australia|
|When Silence Falls||Group||Art Gallery of New South Wales||Sydney||Australia|
|Brutal Truths,||Group||Griffith University Art Museum||Brisbane||Australia|
|The 14th Istanbul Biennial SALTWATER: A Theory of Thought Forms||Group||(multiple venues)||Istanbul||Turkey|
|GOMA Q||Group||Gallery of Modern Art||Brisbane||Australia|
|Imaginary Accord||Group||Institute of Modern Art||Brisbane||Australia|
|Blackout||Group||Sydney College of the Arts||Sydney||Australia|
|See You at the Barricades||Group||Art Gallery of New South Wales||Sydney||Australia|
|2016||Sugar Spin: You, me, art and everything||Group||Gallery of Modern Art||Brisbane||Australia|
Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia,
|Group||Harvard Art Museums||Cambridge, Massachusetts||USA|
|With Secrecy and Despatch||Group||Campbelltown Arts Centre||Sydney||Australia|
|Frontier Imaginaries||Group||Institute of Modern Art and QUT Art Museum||Brisbane||Australia|
|Black,White & Restive||Group||Newcastle Art Gallery||Newcastle, NSW||Australia|
|Endless Circulation: Tarrawarra Biennial,||Group||TarraWarra Museum of Art||TarraWarra, Victoria||Australia|
|Over the Fence||Group||UQ Art Museum||Brisbane||Australia|
|On the Origin of Art||Group||Museum of Old and New Art||Hobart, Tas.||Australia|
|Shut Up and Paint||Group||National Gallery of Victoria||Melbourne||Australia|
|Will I Live||Solo||Apartment der Kunst||Munich||Germany|
|Not a plant or an animal||Solo||National Art School Gallery||Sydney||Australia|
|A Change Is Gonna Come||Group||National Museum of Australia||Canberra||Australia|
|Australian Collection||Group||Permanent Hang, Queensland Art Gallery||Brisbane||Australia|
|BOARD: Surf and Skate Cultures Meet Contemporary Art||Group||Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery||Lake Macquarie, NSW||Australia|
|2018||Boundary Lines||Group||Griffith University Art Museum||Brisbane||Australia|
|2018 Adelaide Biennial of Australian Art: Divided Worlds||Group||Art Gallery of South Australia||Adelaide||Australia|
|Riots: Slow Cancellation of the Future||Group||ifa-Galerie||Berlin||Germany|
|Playback, Dobell||Group||Australian Drawing Biennial, Art Gallery of NSW||Sydney||Australia|
|Hunter Red: Corpus||Group||Newcastle Gallery||Newcastle, NSW||Australia|
|2019||Shadow Light||Group||Milani Gallery||Brisbane||Australia|
|cantchant||Group||Art Gallery of Alberta||Alberta||Canada|
|Body Language||Group||National Gallery of Australia||Canberra||Australia|
|I, Object||Group||Gallery of Modern Art||Brisbane||Australia|
|Hope Dies Last: Art at the End of Optimism,||Group||Gertrude Contemporary||Melbourne||Australia|
|Australia. Antipodean Stories||Group||Padiglione D'Arte Contemporanea Milano||Milan||Italy|
|2020||The Island||Solo||Campbelltown Arts Centre||Sydney||Australia|
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- "Vernon Ah Kee at the National Art School Gallery". Art Guide Australia. 10 January 2017. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
- "'Not an animal or a plant': Putting a human face to 1967 Referendum". NITV. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
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- "Portrait of my father – What's On – Exhibitions – Cairns Art Gallery". www.cairnsartgallery.com.au. Retrieved 6 February 2020.
- "Revisioning the Aborigine". ABC Radio National. 6 February 2017. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
- "Vernon Ah Kee: The Island". Sydney Festival. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
- "Indigenous art and culture on show at 14th Istanbul Biennial | Australia Council". www.australiacouncil.gov.au. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
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- Ah Kee, Vernon. "Austracism". Item held by National Gallery of Australia. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
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- Watego, Leesa; Ah Kee, Vernon (9 August 2015). "Dark+Disturbing features Gordon Hookey at Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2015". Dark and Disturbing. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
- "2014 Redlands Konica Minolta Art Prize | Winners announced". Art Almanac. 15 April 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
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- "2012 Deadly Awards". The Deadlys. 20 May 2013. Retrieved 3 April 2020.
- "Strong success for First Nations artists in Australia Council Fellowships". Australia Council. 13 September 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2020.
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- "This Place: Artist Series". ABC iview. 6 March 2018. Retrieved 14 April 2020.
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