The Aboriginal Memorial: ‘white people don’t know Australia … we know it from the beginning’

CASS Member Prof Ian McLean is organising a conference which may be of interest to CASS members. See below for details.


The Aboriginal Memorial: ‘white people don’t know Australia … we know it from the beginning’

A conference to critically examine The Aboriginal Memorial and contemporary art’s engagements with colonial trauma. 10–12 October 2018

An exhibition and conference will be held at the National Gallery of Australia to commemorate the 30th anniversary of The Aboriginal Memorial – a large collaborative artwork of 200 burial poles produced in Ramingining by 43 artists from the region for the Australian bicentenary, which is permanently installed at the main entrance of the NGA.

The conference will critically examine the significance of the Memorial at the time of its production and what it can teach us today. The impact of the Memorial when it was produced in 1988 has retreated from our collective memory, but the issues it touched upon have only intensified during the previous 30 years.