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Speaker Series: Matters of Appearance, a Panel Discussion

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Panel discussion on the significance the decolonization of visual culture and public space in Noongar Boodjah.

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Matters of Appearance: Black Lives Matter and Decolonising Visual Culture in Noongar Boodjah

Political scientist Hannah Arendt uses the term ‘space of appearance’ to suggest the public space where we interact and ‘appear’ to one another as political actors. More recently, the visual theorist Nicholas Mirzoeff uses the term to describe the global emergence of the Black Lives Matter movement. Through a series of creative actions (die-ins, public repetitions of phrases such as ‘I can’t breathe’and ‘Hands up, don’t shoot’), BLM protests made hitherto largely invisible dimensions of police violence ‘seeable’ or perceptible to a larger public.

As the Black Lives Matter movement continues to transform global consciousness, questions of everyday visual culture and the decolonization of public space have come to the fore. In the U.S, remarkable public art works were created almost overnight, while monuments to slavery and colonial violence were brought down. Locally, in solidarity with the BLM protests, the names of some of the hundreds of Indigenous people who have died in custody were projected on a landmark sculpture, "ContainBow" by Marcus Canning, located at 1 Canning Highway in Walyalup (Fremantle). The projections bring into focus relations of place, visibility, history and the resonance of the BLM movement in WA, the state with the largest number of Indigenous deaths in custody.

Join Suvendrini Perera and panellists for a thought-proving and timely discussion on the meaning and significance of this visual projection and broader matters of political ‘appearance’, creative activism and the decolonization of visual culture and public space in Noongar Boodjah.

Convenor: Suvendrini Perera, John Curtin Distinguished Professor, School of Media, Creative Arts & Social Inquiry at Curtin University

Opening Address: Ingrid Cumming, Nyungar Cultural Advisor, Curtin University

Projectionist: Steven Alyian

Panellists:

Hannah McGlade, Senior Indigenous Research Fellow, School of Media, Creative Arts & Social Inquiry, Curtin University

Michelle Broun, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curator, WA Museum

Shaheen Hughes: CEO, Museum of Freedom and Tolerance WA

Anna Arabindan-Kesson: Assistant Professor of African American and Black Diaspora Art, Princeton University

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School of Media, Creative Arts & Social Inquiry, Curtin University

Museum of Freedom and Tolerance WA

If you have any special requirements to enable you to participate in this event, please advise when you RSVP. We will contact you to provide assistance. For more information about disability services at Curtin, please visit disability.curtin.edu.au.

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