Taylor, R and Lehman, G, A Curious Absence, Hadley's Art Prize, 8 August, Hadley's Orient Hotel, Hobart (2018) [Conference Extract]
Greg, you and I have known each other and talked about history and a whole bunch of other stuff for nearly twenty years. Recently I have had the pleasure of reading something of yours few people have: your PhD, Regarding the Savages: Visual Representation of Tasmanian Aborigines in the 19th Century. Unlike a lot of PhDs, this is a very readable text, and I am pleased to hear you’ll be publishing it. It is the culmination of many years of research into your area of expertise in art history.
The questions and discussion tonight grows out of the third chapter of your thesis, titled ‘A Landscape Emptied’ – which has I think inspired the title of tonight’s conversation ‘A Curious Absence’.
I found this chapter fascinating, and I think the audience will too. It brings to light that landscape painting is not simply about making pretty pictures. "The landscape is", as you quote WJT Mitchell: " a particular historical formation associated with European imperialism". What does that mean in Van Diemen’s Land? How is landscape painting political, and does it have anything to do with this idea of an absence of Aboriginal people?
|Item Type:||Conference Extract|
|Keywords:||Tasmania, history, Aboriginal, art, landscape|
|Research Division:||History and Archaeology|
|Research Group:||Historical Studies|
|Research Field:||Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History|
|Objective Division:||Cultural Understanding|
|Objective Group:||Understanding Past Societies|
|Objective Field:||Understanding Australia's Past|
|UTAS Author:||Taylor, R (Dr Rebe Taylor)|
|UTAS Author:||Lehman, G (Dr Greg Lehman)|
|Deposited By:||College Office - CALE|
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