Being occupier: a white Australian visual art practice that engages with the nature of belonging to settler culture
AffiliationCentre for Ideas
Document TypePhD thesis
Access StatusOpen Access
© 2018 Dr. Rachel Joy
This interdisciplinary, art-practice led research explores the relationship between art and questions of awareness, guilt and racism towards Indigenous people in this country. It asks how an art practice can help facilitate acknowledgement of Indigenous sovereignty and the continuing harm done by contemporary settler society. Through engaging with questions of identity and Heidegger's account of dwelling authentically, the research acts as a sensory provocation to destabilising settler subjectivity in Australia.
Keywordsoccupier; settler; nationalism; whiteness; Australia; topography; art; place; space; being; mourning; melancholia; topopoeisis; critical race studies
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