Susan Marrawakamirr Marrawungu and Dorothy Garraltjawuy Marrawungu

Marrawungu, Susan Marrawakamirr, Marrawungu, Dorothy Garraltjawuy , and Deger, Jennifer (2013) Susan Marrawakamirr Marrawungu and Dorothy Garraltjawuy Marrawungu. In: Pinchbeck, Cara, (ed.) Yirrkala Drawings. Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW, Australia, pp. 78-79.

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A transcribed and translated interview with Susan Marrawakamirr Marrawungu and Dorothy Garraltjawuy Marrawunugu in produced for this publication in collaboration with Jennifer Deger.

Research Statement

Research Background This collaboratively written essay commissioned by the Art Gallery of NSW is the result of a long-term research project on the Marrawungu homeland, Djuwalkitj, funded by AIATSIS, a Macquarie University Research Fellowship, and the ARC. The research carried out between 2005-20013 with the Marrawungu clan incorporates archival photographs, crayon drawings, ceremonial footage and visits to country in order to creatively expand modes of engaging with kin and country, across time and space. The essay provides an accompanying text to the experimental film made from this research, My Father Bangaliwuy, also exhibited in this exhibition.
Research Contribution Deger's contribution to this piece is conceptual as much as practical. Together with her Yolngu collaborators, she shaped a piece in Yolngu give voice to some of the key themes regarding the generative potentiality of story and image elucidated through the entire Bol'ngu project. With interviews assembled in ways that structurally highlight divergent points of view between the sisters, the piece offers important insights into the role individual interpretation and innovation as well as the sometimes central role of anthropologists in mediating forms of knowledge relations in Arnhem Land across generations. In this way Deger's research and writing process situated Yolngu as reflexive and co-creative authors within a broader project of shared ethnography.
Research Significance The value of the research is attested to by the following indicators: the commissioning of the essay and accompanying short film for a nationally significant touring exhibition. The collaborative and creative methodologies involved in this research laid the ground for Deger's successful Future Fellowship application and provide a crucial foundation for Deger's upcoming monograph on the generative role of new media in Arnhem Land.
Item ID: 36679
Item Type: Creative Work (Original Work - Textual Work - NTRO)
ISBN: 978-1-74174-103-2
Keywords: ethnography, collaboration, creativity, drawing, Yolngu, animation
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2014 04:47
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1601 Anthropology > 160104 Social and Cultural Anthropology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950205 Visual Communication @ 50%
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