We pay our respects to the Dharawal people who are the traditional custodians of the land, whose deepening connection to culture and customs have cared for this country for over 60,000 years. We acknowledge Elders past, present and emerging for their immense spiritual connection to place which was never ceded. Dharawal land has always been recognised as a meeting place for people from other lands, and in this spirit, we respectfully continue this tradition through the bringing together of our communities through arts and culture. Always was and Always will be Aboriginal land.

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Khaled Sabsabi

Created a decade ago (2013-14) by leading Western Sydney artist, Khaled Sabsabi, ‘Wonderland’ is a two-channel video which depicts the official supporter group of the Western Sydney Wanderers, known as the Red and Black Bloc (RBB).  

‘Wonderland’, centres on the crowd. Sabsabi’s minimally edited footage of the crowd’s vociferous chanting and impassioned grandstand surveillance gives rise to a breadth of ideas—what the viewer sees and hears occupies only a superficial part of the work’s whole. In this work, the Red and Black Bloc are the exposed aspect of a much larger project about unity, identity, power and wonderment.

The work suggests that the unbridled fanaticism of the Red and Black Bloc stems as much from a pride in its wider, largely migrant community as of its beloved team’s on-field performance. This is a triumph of a sporting team, and the triumph of self-determination.  

The history of the Western Sydney Wanderers Football Club is known to many as that of a fairy tale. After years of lobbying, the Wanderers entered the A-league in the 2012-13 season, and have since become something of a cultural phenomenon. They have enjoyed record breaking winning streaks, and, in their debut season, rapid ascension to the finals.

For Sabsabi, the success story of the Wanderers is the success story of one of the most culturally diverse and politically significant communities in Australia—his community of Western Sydney.  

  • Title Wonderland
  • Artist Khaled Sabsabi
  • Date Created


  • Medium

    HD video; 16:9 ratio colour, sound

  • Duration

    25:30 minutes

  • Credit Line

    Campbelltown City Council Collection. Campbelltown City Council Collection. Acquired through the Fisher’s Ghost Art Award, Winner, Open Award 2014

  • Copyright

    © courtesy the artist and Milani Gallery, Brisbane

  • Biography