Black on White: or varying shades of grey? Indigenous Australian photomedia artists and the ‘making of’ Aboriginality
SourceAustralian Aboriginal Studies, 8, 1, (2008), pp. 78-89
Article / Letter to editor
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Australian Aboriginal Studies
SubjectAnthropology and Development Studies
In 2005 the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Melbourne presented the Indigenous photo-media exhibition Black on White. Promising to explore Indigenous perspectives on non-Aboriginality, its catalogue set forth two questions: how do Aboriginal artists see the people and culture that surrounds them? Do they see non-Aboriginal Australians as other? However, art works produced for this exhibition rejected curatorial constructions of Black and White, instead presenting viewers with more complex and ambivalent notions of Aboriginality and non-Aboriginality. This paper revisits the Black on White exhibition as an intercultural event and argues that Indigenous art practitioners, because of their participation in a process to signify what it means to be Aboriginal, have developed new forms of Aboriginality.
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