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the names of places: In Conversation with Judy Watson

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Judy Watson’s Aboriginal matrilineal family are from Waanyi country in north-west Queensland. Working from stories and memories, Watson reveals Indigenous histories, following lines of emotional and physical topography that centre on particular places and moments in time.

Join the artist at RMIT Gallery as she discusses research-based mapping of Aboriginal massacre sites across the country which she explores in her project the names of places, in Experimenta Make Sense (RMIT Gallery 2 October - 11 November)

A significant aspect of the project is an invitation extended by Watson to the Australian public to contribute any knowledge of such massacres to be incorporated into a database and website, which will be part of the evolving project. With this project Watson aims to create a space where anybody can contribute their knowledge of massacres of Aboriginal people in Australia, so that the places, names, and details of such events can be retrieved and held as part of our collective consciousness.

This project is presented as part of Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art, exhibiting a program of over 20 leading international and Australian artists. Both playful and challenging, this exhibition asks audiences to immerse their senses into a ‘thinking’, ‘feeling’ and ‘doing’ contemplation of what it is to be human in the digital age of technological acceleration. See the exhibition at RMIT Gallery from 2 October – 11 November 2017.or visit the website for full exhibition details www.experimenta.org/makesense

About the artist

Watson co-represented Australia in the 1997 Venice Biennale, was awarded the Moët & Chandon Fellowship in 1995, the National Gallery of Victoria’s Clemenger Award in 2006 and, in the same year, the Works on Paper Award at the 23rd National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Award. In 2011 her exhibition waterline was shown at the Embassy of Australia, Washington DC. In 2012, she featured in the Sydney Biennale. Her work is held in major Australian and international collections including the National Gallery of Australia; all Australian State Art Galleries; the MCA, Sydney; Taipei Fine Arts Museum; the British Museum, London; the Tate, London; Library of Congress, Washington DC; Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection, University of Virginia; as well as important private collections. She has exhibited widely over the past twenty-five years.

http://thenamesofplaces.com/

Image Credit: Judy Watson, the names of places, 2015. Video still courtesy the artist © the artist.

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