Racebook is a response to racist comments posted in two Facebook groups: ‘Aboriginal Spongebob’ and ‘Giving ya wife a sniff of ya petrol cos ur a top noonga’. The groups had more than 43,000 people liking them. The letters of Racebook are formed from actual comments posted in those two groups.
They give a snapshot of some people’s attitudes toward, and perceptions of, Aboriginal people in Australia. These sites included comments as disturbing as an individual stating he wanted to shoot Aboriginals. At the other extreme was a comment posted by someone who said, “im suprised racism stil exitsts.” [sic]
Racebook represents the artist’s purging of the hateful comments while raising awareness of the attitudes being expressed in social media.