Seeing Skippy? Visualising and Materialising the Kangaroo

Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier
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Visualising Australia: Images, Icons, Imaginations, 2014, 1st, Eleven pp. 171 - 180 (9)
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Abstract: Eaten, stuffed, branded, iconised and militarized, the kangaroo is both empty signifier and volatile assemblage. This chapter will move between the photographic depictions of the roo as domesticated pet and those of the kangaroo as international televisual image to trace an historical imagining that simultanously exposes and silences Indigenous knowledges and sovereignty. Representations of the kangaroo remain anchored in the colonial moment when an Indigenous home became an exoticised 'nature'. This chapter questions the 'naturalness' of the kangaroo through its visual record spanning the transnational environments of national branding and its role as 'national' representative.
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