Driving Black Home 2

Gough, Julie (2009) Driving Black Home 2. [Artefact]

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Abstract

This video work is the result of my drive through the Counties of old Van Diemen's Land in early 2009 and filming the journey. Following this, working with a film editor, we measured how long it took for the text listing all 3125 land grants given out in VDL up to 1832 to scroll as subtitles: 3 hr 44 mins—the footage was edited from more than 12 hours of driving to fit the text. By 1832 all but perhaps a dozen Tasmania Aboriginal people had died or had been removed to Flinders Island—in effect, there were no more 'marauding hordes of natives'.

Research Statement

Research Background This work was exhibited in a solo exhibition titled Rivers Run at Cairns Regional Gallery. This was an exhibition of five artworks that together reveal my ongoing physical and psychological engagement with Tasmania and its history.
Research Contribution My process involves uncovering and representing historical stories to evaluate the impact of the past on our present lives. Combining found human made and natural materials from indoor and outdoor sites I manifest places that are anywhere and nowhere, internal worlds through which we might engage with our conflicting and subsumed histories.
Research Significance Testing how I recognize my island and if it still recognizes me six generations since my tribal past, each piece is a fragment of the desire to recall and understand what happened in lethal frontier Van Diemen’s Land before it became amnesiac Tasmania. The work was selected for and exhibited in the prestigious Clemenger Award at the National Gallery of Victoria,September 2009 - February 2010.
Item ID: 19934
Item Type: Artefact
Keywords: Indigenous, Aboriginal, Australia, mixed-media, cross-cultural, colonisation, contemporary, exhibition
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Exhibited at Cairns Regional Gallery, 14 February - 5 March, 2010. Also selected for and exhibited in the Clemenger Award, National Gallery of Victoria,September 2009 - February 2010.

Media of Output: DVD projection 40 min: 30 sec: colour: no audio
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Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2012 03:44
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