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Drawing Life: Warlpiri lines on a changing world

Public lecture

Wednesday, 15 October 2014, 5pm to 6pm (followed by light refreshments)

Free exhibition viewing prior to lecture until 5pm

Melinda Hinkson
Melinda Hinkson.

This public lecture is presented as a curatorial backstory to the exhibition Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future showing at the National Museum of Australia from August 2014 to May 2015.

Since their earliest interactions with Europeans, Warlpiri people have taken up a diversity of new media to explore what they value and to communicate their distinctive view of the world.

In this lecture anthropologist and curator Melinda Hinkson reflects on the process of introducing an important collection of crayon drawings, six decades after they were made, to the descendants of their makers. Through the prism of drawing and the circumstances of Warlpiri experience questions are raised about the role of image making in dealing with the turbulence of migration. In what ways might the activity of drawing be understood as a vital space for cross-cultural interaction?

Melinda Hinkson is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow in the School of Archaeology and Anthropology, Australian National University. Her book Remembering the Future: Warlpiri Life Through the Prism of Drawing was published by Aboriginal Studies Press in 2014.

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