This is the show-opening speech by Therese Ritchie for her recent show of new work Blacks in the back, cunts in the front at the Outstation Gallery in Darwin in mid-August 2016.

I have had a lot of response to the title of this show, from all sides. When I first told a friend of mine that I was having a show and thinking of calling it Blacks in the back, cunts in the front, she told me a story which typifies the Territory’s many uses of the "C" word. It goes like this: