A blak woman walks through a blakened landscape

Publisher:
University of Queensland Press
Publication Type:
Chapter
Citation:
Courting Blaknes; Recalibrating Knowledge in the Sandstone University, 2015, First, pp. 50 - 59
Issue Date:
2015-01-01
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This chapter brings together Captain Cook as figured on the walls of the Great Court (University of Queensland) and some of his Indigenous interlocutors and observers to ask what happens when art asks different things of the past? History has been radically reconstructed again and again by the political interventions of groups such as women and Indigenous peoples who have not seen themselves represented within national and institutional stories. Those interventions have resulted in radical reappraisals as to what constitutes history but also what new methods are needed within a style of historiography that was based on linear and mono colonial timelines that excluded many Indigenous experiences of time. One part of the pasts produced by Indigenous peoples in Australia has been in the form of art and this chapter seeks to show and tell what might be the radical repercussions of those contributions via the example of ‘Poles Apart’ by r.e.a, 'Batjala Woman' by Fiona Foley and through a ‘remix’ of the Great Court story lines. This chapter ask for an artful history.
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