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Figuring Landscapes

Figuring Landscapes Programs

10 – 12 July 2009

‘Figuring Landscapes’ is a collection of moving image works that has grown from the political and cultural history that links the UK and Australia. Debuting at the Tate Modern, London, as a series of screening programs, the works in ‘Figuring Landscapes’ address questions of ecological survival, post-industrialism, gender, the touristic gaze, and uniquely in Australia, the social, political and cultural status of Indigenous people in a post-colonial society. Presented in conjunction with Queensland College of Art, Griffith University

Figuring Landscapes Forum 

Grounding the ‘Figuring Landscapes’ themes of relationships to place, the forum will feature artist Jeff Doring and Aboriginal elder and lawman Paddy Nyawarra from the Ngarinyin people of the Kimberley region who is featured in Doring’s work Mandu 1983-2008. Doring and Nyawarra will discuss Wunan understandings of land and country, providing a counterpoint from an indigenous perspective to the ‘landscape tradition’ framed by the ‘Figuring Landscapes’ screenings. Excerpts from Mandu will also be presented during this forum.

Screening Programs

‘Figuring Landscapes’ was conceived by Catherine Elwes and Steven Ball. The programmes were curated by Steven Ball, Peter Bonnell, Eu Jin Chua, Harry Darby, Professor Catherine Elwes, Dr Stan Frankland, Dr Eric Hirsch, Professor Pat Hoffie, Mark Segal and Dr Danni Zuvela. ‘Figuring Landscapes’ film notes by Professor Catherine Elwes.