Redleaf Wollombi Wedding Party poses in front of painting of an Indigenous Massacre: NSW Hunter Valley
A wedding party and a luxury country home have been slammed for posing in front of a controversial painting depicting a massacre of tribal peoples.
Redleaf Wollombi, in the NSW Hunter Valley, shared the photo on her Instagram, which shows the smiling group in front of an artwork entitled ‘Les Vues du Brésil’, or ‘The Views of Brazil’ – a piece summarizing the Portuguese colonization of Brazil.
The venue told Daily Mail Australia on Monday it has now deleted the image and deeply regrets the embarrassing post.
Redleaf Wollombi, a country estate that hosts weddings in the NSW Hunter Valley, has come under fire for posting this photo on its social media accounts
The picture was greeted with outrage by many in Australia’s Indigenous community.
“There is nothing quite like getting married and posing in front of Aboriginal people who are being slaughtered by colonizers,” commented indigenous small business Dreamtime Aroha.
“I’m not sure when anyone would DJ at their venue or allow a wedding photo to be taken in front of a painting of a brutal Aboriginal massacre?
“This was sent to me because the person didn’t know how to approach the venue. I’m just a blak woman asking what the heck?” Added Dreamtime Aroha in the post.
One social media user wrote, “How can anyone with heart think it’s okay to hang this painting?”
“How f… the wedding planner, photographer and wedding guests didn’t notice the disgraceful artwork,” said another. “It’s more than a shocking shame for everyone involved.”
Dreamtime Aroha, a small indigenously owned business, shared the image on Facebook and criticized the estate for showing the artwork in the wedding photo
Redleaf Wollombi has been criticized by several people on social media who questioned why the painting was used as a backdrop for wedding pictures
A third commented: “Why on earth would you think a picture depicting a murder would be good for a wedding venue?”
“It’s even worse that it’s a very real story, but who originally looked at the painting and thought, ‘Brides and grooms are going to LOVE images of murder in their wedding photos, this is perfect’ like…what?!”
Former Bachelor contestant and podcast host Abbie Chatfield targeted the venue by sharing Dreamtime Aroha’s original post on her Instagram Stories.
The cabaret artist and podcaster Carla Arla Anita Mattiazzo also hit Redleaf Wollombi.
“That’s what I hate. People choosing to remain ignorant,” she wrote.
Former Bachelor contestant and podcast host Abbie Chatfield shared and tagged the original post criticizing the country retreat
Redleaf Wollombi issued a statement apologizing to people who were offended.
“We are deeply sorry to learn that we have offended several people over the weekend who have noticed the paintings in photos on our social media,” the venue said.
“We are very sorry that we caused someone pain when looking at the paintings; that was never our intention.’
The painting was originally designed by French artist Jean Julien Deltil in 1829.
Redleaf Wollombi explained that Jean Julien Deltil was commissioned to create it by Zuber, a French wallpaper manufacturer.
To this day, the manufacturer produces the wallpaper.
The artwork forms part of ‘Les Vues du Brésil’ or ‘The Views of Brazil’ from 1829 and depicts the Portuguese colonization of Brazil
The retreat owner received the painting from a family friend who died a few years ago, the venue said.
Redleaf Wollombi said they have since removed images featuring the painting from their social media accounts.
The painting was also removed from the retreat.
The venue added: “We each ask that all comments directed towards customers (brides, grooms) and other suppliers (including photographers) cease immediately.”
“Any conclusion that they were somehow intentionally racist is simply not true.”
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