INDIGENOUS_Visualising Sovereignty

Issue 41:3 | December 2021

Guest Editors: Ali Gumillya Baker and Paola Balla

This issue is a dynamic response to Tuscarora artist, curator and scholar Jolene Rickard’s theory of ‘visual sovereignty’, a vital, non-Western / Hodinöhsö:ni approach to thinking through Indigenous contemporary art. Co-editors Ali Gumillya Baker and Paola Balla engage with Rickard’s ideas in an Australia-Pacific context, inspiring a series of essays and images by emerging and established First Nations writers and artists. These creative forms span the visual, poetic and performative: they articulate powerful expressions of relational sovereignty, political autonomy, renewal and survival strategies in diverse manifestations of visual sovereignties.

Cover image: Lin Onus, Yorta Yorta, Barmah Forest, 1995, synthetic polymer paint on linen. The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment Collection. © Lin Onus Estate/Copyright Agency, 2021.

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