Representation, Remembrance and the Memorial

Photo: Delegates of the RR.Memorial Forum visit the Kings Domain Resting Place in Melbourne with Uncle Jim Berg and Aunty Carolyn Briggs. Photograph by Polly Stanton, June 2018.

Memorialising the Frontier Wars, an international comparative study.

Investigator

Funded by

  • Australian Research Council Indigenous Discovery Program

Representation, Remembrance and the Memorial responds to the repeated high-level calls for a national memorial to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander loss in Australia. Brook’s project presents a catalyst in understanding and developing the role and significance of public memorials to not only address traumatic histories, but more so their ability to shift public memory and cultural understanding.

Professor Marcia Langton

Representation, Remembrance and the Memorial (RRM) is a visual arts research project that concerns the Australian Frontier Wars and the possibility of representing the magnitude of Indigenous loss and survival in a national memorial. Led by Associate Professor of Fine Art Brook Andrew, who is a Wiradjuri/Celtic interdisciplinary artist, the project focuses on case studies including investigating international examples of memorials to genocide and community approaches to remembering frontier violence.

In Australia, the lack of visibility in the public sphere to the Frontier Wars and Indigenous loss and survival is an issue that has been paramount for several decades. There is much to be learnt from international examples of memorials to genocide and state violence and the ideas and issues that both inform these examples and are generated by them. There is also a wealth of activity happening in Australia at a grassroots level that addresses this need for memorialisation including sustained community activity at former massacre sites, repatriation projects, and actions to remember warriors of Aboriginal resistance. There are also many important artworks made since the 1980s that have been the subject of major exhibitions and permanent display in galleries.

This research project aims to generate thought and discussion on what forms future memorialisation can take by connecting local actions with international discourse and projects.

For more information see www.rr.memorial