Circuit breaking? Indigenous Australian art and critical discourse

Gough, Julie, and Naylor, Stephen (2009) Circuit breaking? Indigenous Australian art and critical discourse. In: Anderson, Jaynie, (ed.) Crossing Cultures: conflict, migration and convergence: the proceedings of the 32nd international congress of the history of art. Miegunyah Press, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 820-825.

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A crisis has been reached within contemporary Australian art highlighting the inadequate critical engagement with contemporary Indigenous art in Australia—from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous writers. What passes and is published within the realm of mainstream arts is mostly description rather than analysis, interpretation or contextualisation. Analysis and interpretation do present, however, in anthropology texts about specific people,places and communities of which art is seen as a part. These texts recognise Indigenous art is about complex patterns of inheritance,engagement and responsibility between people and Country. These authors/anthropologists have usually maintained relationships with communities over many years before writing about them.

Item ID: 11195
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-0-522-85500-5
Keywords: Indigenous art, art history
Date Deposited: 18 May 2010 01:51
FoR Codes: 19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1905 Visual Arts and Crafts > 190502 Fine Arts (incl Sculpture and Painting) @ 40%
19 STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 1901 Art Theory and Criticism > 190103 Art Theory @ 30%
20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies @ 30%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950104 The Creative Arts (incl. Graphics and Craft) @ 100%
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