Drawing Life: Warlpiri lines on a Changing world

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Presenter:  Associate Professor Melinda Hinkson

Date: Oct 14, 2015

Time: 2:30pm to 3:30pm

Contact person:  Johanna Funk
T: +61 8 8946 6819
E: johanna.funk@cdu.edu.au

Location:  Northern Institute - Yellow Building 1, Level 2, Room 48 (Savanna Room, formerly Red Room)


Abstract: 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 Melinda Hinkson reflects upon 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?

About Associate Professor Melinda Hinkson : Associate Professor Melinda Hinkson is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow who recently joined the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation at Deakin University. Her book Remembering the Future: Warlpiri Life Through the Prism of Drawing was published by Aboriginal Studies Press in 2014.