Bradley Webb: Invading Identity
An exhibition of work by Master of Fine Art candidate Bradley Webb.
How Has Colonial and Trans-Generational Trauma Created a Lost Generation?
Invading Identity is an historical and contemporary visual representation of how both colonization and transgenerational trauma have impacted Aboriginal people's lives.
Through an examination of how colonization and Trans-generational trauma has created a lost generation, this exhibition illustrates both through my own lived experience and the lived experience of participants who have contributed through yarning’s connects this relationality. The methodological approach proposes that there are similarities between Aboriginal people’s lived experiences. This is the relational Trans-generational connection that has been passed on from generation to generation, which has led to a lost generation of Aboriginal people.
It further validates that mine own experience and those participants involved within this research, has grounds in contemporary society. Therefore, what perpetuates this relationality has been and continues to be for Aboriginal people, is the difficulty to connect to identity and or culture, which is vital to configuring a notion of Aboriginality. Aboriginality is premised on connection to culture, people and Country. My research investigates this lost generation of people and youth through their shared narratives and experience in concert with my own lived experience and the lived experience of members of The Stolen Generation.
The research is practice led which attempts to assert, through artistic practice and exegesis, the various issues that come with this “lost generation”. The aim is to demonstrate how these issues are, in fact, intergenerational and can be articulated in visual form. It is the visual that also connects us to established understandings of Aboriginality and culture. The research through a body of artworks identifies key historical narratives which illustrates the truth of colonialism and concludes with the reality of contemporary themes depicting Tran’s generational trauma composed through my own lived experience together with the collective lived experience of participants within this research.