Graphic encounters: Colonial prints and the inscription of Aboriginality

Dance of Defiance of the Yarra-Bandini Tribe

About the project

For the first time, a remarkable colonial visual library is being collated. Graphic Encounters will create an exhibition and a comprehensive online database of this formative visual library for all to see, including, most importantly, descendants of the Aboriginal people who were depicted - often without names and anonymised as racial types.

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Graphic Encounters is a project that aims to decolonise the colonial visual archive, spanning images from voyages of exploration to federation. We wish to advise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People that this archive includes images of people who are now deceased but whose families we are now attempting to trace. Graphic Encounters reproduces some images that are now considered derogatory and offensive in order to trace and interrogate the cultural and historical recurrence of racism.

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Exhibition

A major travelling exhibition is currently being developed for 2022.

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The 'Graphers' crew

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Original pencil drawing, Untitled c.1802
Original pencil drawing, Untitled c.1802
Water colour, Untitled c.1802
Water colour, Untitled c.1802
Stipple engraving, Arra-Maïda Terres De Diémen c.1811
Stipple engraving, Arra-Maïda Terres De Diémen c.1811
Lithograph, Bewohner von Van Diemens Land c. 1815
Lithograph, Bewohner von Van Diemens Land c. 1815
Steel plate engraving, Femme de la Tasmanie c.1822
Steel plate engraving, Femme de la Tasmanie c.1822
Menschenaus Van-Diemens Land c. 1815
Menschenaus Van-Diemens Land c. 1815
Aquatint, Three Inhabitants of New Holland c.1820
Aquatint, Three Inhabitants of New Holland c.1820
Woodcut, Tasmanian Woman (Peron’s Arra Maida.) c.1870
Woodcut, Tasmanian Woman (Peron’s Arra Maida.) c.1870

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