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Title

a picnic with the natives - the gulf

2015


Artist

Judy Watson

Australia

1959 -

Language group

Waanyi, Gulf region


About

'a picnic with the natives - the gulf' 2015 is part of a larger series, ‘the names of places’, which comprises the producation of a series of canvases and a research-based mapping of massacre sites across the country. A significant aspect of the project is an invitation extended by Watson to the Australian public to contribute any knowledge of such massacres to be incorporated into a database and website which will be part of the evolving project. Through this process Watson hopes to ‘create a space where anybody can contribute their knowledge of massacres of Aboriginal people in Australia, so that there is a welling up of this aspect of our shared history. These places, names, details of such events, can be retrieved and held as part of our collective consciousness. This would go back out into the public space where it can be researched further and possibly be the catalyst for instances of coming together to speak these stories out loud.’

Through this collaborative methodology Watson is effectively mapping not only the events themselves but also the collective Australian consciousness of these events at this moment in time.


Details


Place where the work was made

Brisbane Queensland Australia


Cultural origin

Waayni, Gulf region


Date

2015


Media category

Painting


Materials used

pigment and acrylic on canvas


Dimensions

204.0 x 180.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Wendy Barron Bequest Fund 2015


Location

Not on display


Accession number

336.2015


Artist information

Judy Watson

Artist profile

Works in the collection

16


Place

Where the work was made
Brisbane

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


  • When silence falls, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Dec 2015–29 May 2016

  • Our Land, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Jan 2017–18 Jun 2017