Storymaking belonging

Bunda, Tracey, Heckenberg, Robyn, Snepvangers, Kim, Phillips, Louise Gwenneth, Lasczik, Alexandra, and Black, Alison L. (2019) Storymaking belonging. Art Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 4 (1). pp. 153-179.

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Sometimes data invites more of us. To be physically held and touched,through hands creating and crafting with matter, cultivating a closer connection to the fibres, threads, textures and sinews of data. Through touching and shaping the materiality of data, other beings, places and times are aroused. Here, we share the story of data that invited more of us and how this has spurred the creation of an exhibition titled Stories of Belonging with Indigenous and non-Indigenous artist/scholars for an arts festival in Queensland, Australia. This work by the collective, SISTAS Holding Space, deeply interrogates our ontological positionality as researchers, in particular what this means in the Australian context – a colonised nation populated through waves of migration. The scars of colonization, migration and shame are held and heard through Black and White Australian women creating and interrogating belonging alongside each other – listening and holding space for each other. We air the pains of ontological destruction, silencing, disconnection and emptiness. Through experimental making research methodology, we argue the primacy of storying and making, and for provoking resonant and entangled understandings of belonging and displacement.

Item ID: 59832
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2371-3771
Keywords: Indigenous women; White women; storying; belonging; ancestry; place making; stitching
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Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2019 02:46
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4499 Other human society > 449999 Other human society not elsewhere classified @ 34%
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3602 Creative and professional writing > 360299 Creative and professional writing not elsewhere classified @ 33%
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history > 450111 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music and performing arts @ 33%
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