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James Tylor

Un-Resettling (stone footing for dome hut) 2013
hand-coloured archival inkjet print
Monash University Collection
Purchased 2014

Ngadlu tampinthi, Kaurna miyurna yaitya yarta-mathanya Wama Tarntanyaku. Ngadlu tampinthi purkarna pukinangku, yalaka, tarrkarritya.

James Tylorku series Un-Resettling parnaku yailtya, parnaku tapa purruna, parnaku yarta ngadlu tampinthi. Yalaka Kaurna miyurna itu yailtya tapa purruna, yarta kuma puru martinthi, puru warri-apinthi, puru tangka martuayinthi.

We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains and pay respects to Elders past, present and future.

James Tylor’s series Un-Resettling recognises Kaurna cultural heritage, beliefs and relationships with the land and acknowledges that they are of continuing importance to the Kaurna people living today.

– Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi

Photographs have the ability to tell many narratives simultaneously, bridging the gap between time and place. James Tylor’s photographic series Un-Resettling does just this by recreating traditional Indigenous dwellings in National Parks, and conservation areas throughout Australia, serving as visual reminders of the historical, social and cultural connection that has and continues to exist between Indigenous peoples and this country.

Tylor allows the viewer to bear witness to an intimate and personal conversation between himself and his Indigenous heritage with the landscape discussing reconnection, relearning and ownership through the building and dismantling of traditional dwellings and objects. Creating these dwellings is just as important as the final image in this project, which allows Tylor to gain a deeper understanding of Indigenous culture and his own identity by taking part in actions that have informed the way Indigenous people see themselves within the environment and how they belong throughout history.

Both empowering and emotional, this series activates conversation and encourages the coming together of communities within public spaces to renegotiate their understandings of our contemporary environments, making visible what has actively been made to appear invisible throughout Australian history: the Indigenous presence within and ownership of this Country.

– Paris Norton

Kaurna Warra Karrpanthi is the leading group dedicated to Kaurna language revitalisation and maintenance process. The traditional lands and language of the Kaurna people include the Adelaide Plains of South Australia.

Paris Norton is a Gamilaroi artist, Indigenous arts and cultural educator and curator. Norton is a self-taught photographer and experimental artist who explores her personal experiences as an Indigenous woman as a way to create new dialogue and connections to her cultural heritage and country. Norton is currently the Art and Object Curator for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) on Ngunnawal/Ngambri Country, Canberra, ACT.


This project has been assisted by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.