Indigenous peoples want to tell our own stories, write our own versions, in our own ways, for our own purposes. It is not simply about giving an oral account or a genealogical naming of the land and the events which rage over it, but a very powerful need to give testimony to and restore a spirit, to bring back into existence a world fragmented and dying. The sense of history conveyed by these approaches is not the same thing as the discipline of history, and so our accounts collide, crash into each other. —Linda Tuhiwai Smith (1999, p. 28)

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no.5 from the series ‘Look Who’s Calling The Kettle Black’ (1992) edition of 15. r e a’s maternal grandmother c.1920’s (Ruby Pearl Leslie nee.Williams)


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Belonging – Stories of Australian Art

National Gallery of Australia

This major collection presentation recasts the story of nineteenth-century Australian art. Informed by the many voices of Indigenous and non-Indigenous cultures and communities, the display reconsiders Australia’s history of colonisation. It draws together historical and contemporary work created by more than 170 artists from across Australia.

Belonging: Stories of Australian Art reveals different stories and connections between art, people and Country in its presentation of visual art and culture in Australia before 1900. The display highlights the endurance and resilience of Indigenous cultures and custodianship, as well as the impact and ongoing effects of colonisation.

NAVA – National Association of the Visual Arts

October 28 2019 , by Penelope Benton

r e a  is an artist, curator, activist, academic, cultural educator and creative thinker whose work draws on a legacy of lived experience and the impact of intergenerational trauma, grief and loss. 


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Talking PlaceBundanon Trust

“These days it seems everyone is talking about ‘curated places’. Chances are your local shopping strip has already been or soon will be ‘curated’ within an inch of its life. It’s interesting because sometimes this proliferation of place rhetoric seems to take us further and further away from where we are.” – Michael Cohen.

Talking PLACE is an opportunity for the arts sector and other stakeholders to come together and discuss the motivations and ideas behind experimental and site-specific arts programming occurring across regional Australia.

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