The Agency of Country

The Agency of Country


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Image: Peta Clancy, Undercurrent, installation view, Koorie Heritage Trust Gallery, 2019. Photo: Christian Capurro.

Join Monash Associate Dean / Muruwari Bundjalung Kamilaroi artist Dr Brian Martin and Monash Senior Lecturer / Bangerang artist Dr Peta Clancy for a discussion on depictions of country from indigenous perspectives. They will consider their individual artistic approaches to exploring country, the ways they construct or disrupt views of country to challenge Western values of ‘landscape’ and the significance of the specific country they each depict.

Dr Brian Martin is a descendant of the Muruwari, Bundjalung and Kamilaroi peoples. He is represented by William Mora Galleries and has been a practising artist for twenty-seven years, exhibiting both nationally and internationally specifically in the media of painting and drawing. He completed his PhD by research at Deakin University, which focused on refiguring Australian art and culture from an Indigenous ideological perspective based on a reciprocal relationship to “Country”. Brian is Monash Art, Design and Architecture’s inaugural Associate Dean, Indigenous.

Dr Peta Clancy is a descendent of the Bangerang people. Her photographs explore notions of the real and the perceived, and seek to challenge the viewer to focus on what might never have been noticed. She was awarded the 2018 Fostering Koorie Art and Culture Residency Grant. During this 12-month residency, she collaborated with the Dja Dja Wurrung community to research, develop and create a series of photographs exploring frontier violence and massacre sites on Dja Dja Wurrung Country. Peta is a Senior Lecturer at Monash Art, Design and Architecture.