Curatorial modes and the intersection of Contemporary First Nations arts practice and the historical archive.
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 but a very powerful need to restore a spirit, to bring back into existence a world fragmented and dying.Linda Tuhiwai Smith, in “Decolonizing methodologies: research and indigenous peoples”, Zed Books, 1999
This research will critically engage in curatorial modes at the intersection of contemporary First Nations artistic practice and the historical archive. It will look to the hxstories of First Peoples artistic and curatorial practice in Australia and globally that engage in this meeting point and the transformative potential that historical objects can have to contemporary practice and cultural wellbeing.
The research will aim to address themes of Indigenising space and decolonising collections in and outside of museums and galleries through a curatorial methodology from; my Yorta Yorta positionality, though community driven projects, through modes of tangible and intangible repatriation and re-contextualise the histories of objects through new works and exhibition.