Matters of Appearance: Black Lives Matter and Decolonising Visual Culture in Nyungar Boodjah

A free panel discussion as part of the JCG Speaker Series for 50fifty:2020

Wednesday 26 August 2020
5:30pm – 7:30pm

Convenor: Suvendrini Perera, John Curtin Distinguished Professor, School of Media, Creative Arts & Social Inquiry at Curtin University

Opening Address:  Ingrid Cumming, Nyungar Cultural Advisor, Curtin University

Hannah McGlade, Senior Indigenous Research Fellow, School of Media, Creative Arts & Social Inquiry, Curtin University.
Michelle Broun, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Curator, WA Museum.
Shaheen Hughes:
CEO, Museum of Freedom and Tolerance WA. Anna Arabindan-Kesson: Laurance S. Rockefeller University Preceptor, Department of African American Studies, Princeton University.

As the Black Lives Matter movement continues to transform global consciousness, questions of everyday visual culture and the decolonisation of public space have come to the fore. Locally, in solidarity with the BLM protests, the names of some of the hundreds of Indigenous people who have died in custody were projected on a landmark sculpture in Walyalup (Fremantle), bringing into focus relations of place, visibility, history and the resonance of the BLM movement in WA, the state with the largest number of Indigenous deaths in custody. 

This panel discusses the meaning and significance of this visual projection and broader matters of political ‘appearance’, creative activism and the decolonization of visual culture and public space in Nyungar Boodjah.