The trade in counterfeit Indigenous art is worth $200 million a year. Copies of goods being passed off as Indigenous can be found on everything from souvenirs and prints to look-alikes of expensive original artworks.
The financial damage – as well as the reputational, personal and cultural damage – that comes with this counterfeit activity is devastating:
“It’s heartbreaking when you see your artwork that you’ve worked so hard on and put your heart and soul into being ripped off.”
Chern’ee Sutton, Aboriginal artist and Kalkadoon woman