First Nations Speaker Series with Prof Brenda L Croft
3 March 2022
Free and online
Kurrwa* to Kartak**: hand–made/held–ground
How can notions of home, community, and Country be represented within histories of both endurance and dislocation?
In March 2022, Brenda L. Croft presented a Gurindji-specific historiography that engaged with the pastoral impact on Gurindji Country from the late nineteenth century, the experience of Stolen Generations members and their descendants, and contemporary Gurindji experience into the 21st century. These are themes represented at ‘Still in my mind: Gurindji location, experience and visuality’, a national touring exhibition Brenda has collaboratively curated with Gurindji family and community members, reflecting on events preceding and following the 1966 Walk-Off at Wave Hill Station that sparked the national land rights movement.
This work presents an enduring, collaborative practice–led research journey representing a distinct Australian First Nations Storying/Storywork and First Nations Performative Autoethnography as subalter/N/ative archive and methodology – created from the rememorying, re/imagined standpoint of a Gurindji | Malngin |Mudburra | Anglo-Australian | Chinese | German | Irish woman.
*Kurrwa (stone tool/axe head); to listen to Gurindji pronunciation, click on link, then letter, then scroll down to the word and click on speaker icon, http://ausil.org/Dictionary/Gurindji/lexicon/index.htm; see also p. 37, https://www.cdu.edu.au/sites/default/files/artcollection–gallery/docs/simm–teachers–notes.pdf. NB – all Gurindji language words in this exegesis are from this source.
About Prof Brenda L Croft
Professor Brenda L Croft is from the Gurindji/Malngin/Mudburra Peoples from the Victoria River region of the Northern Territory of Australia, and Anglo-Australian/ Chinese/German/Irish heritage. She has been involved in the Australian First Nations and broader contemporary arts and cultural sectors as a multi-disciplinary creative practitioner since the mid-1980s as an artist, consultant, curator, educator and researcher. She has received numerous regional, national and international awards, fellowships and residencies throughout her professional practice, and is extensively published nationally and internationally. Brenda’s creative practice encompasses critical performative First Nations Autoethnography, First Nations Storying/Storywork and historiography, cultural reclamation and re/presentation. She incorporates personal and public archives throughout her creative practice, and is represented in major public and private collections in Australia and overseas. Brenda is privileged to live and work on Ngambri/Ngunawal/Ngunnawal country in Canberra where she is Professor of Indigenous Art History and Curatorship at the Centre for Art History and Art Theory, Australian National University.