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(dis)Regarding the Savages: a short history of published images of Tasmanian Aborigines


Lehman, G, (dis)Regarding the Savages: a short history of published images of Tasmanian Aborigines, Graphic Encounters, 7 - 9 November 2018, Mebourne, Australia (2018) [Keynote Presentation]

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Images of colonial Australia by early artists such as Joseph Lycett are popular with historians as a means of acknowledging Indigenous culture and relationships with land. While some critical discussion may occur about the naivety of the artistís understanding of cultural complexity and diversity, these images are seldom adequately considered in terms of the foundational role they played in the disempowerment and dispossession of the First Nations that they depicted. Lycettís images of Van Diemenís Land in his Views of Australia (1825) may appear as an innocuous record of colonial progress and aspiration in the island colony, but betray a more sinister outlook for the Palawa people whose future they accurately forecast. Greg Lehman will outline some of his recent research on the representation of Tasmanian Aboriginal people by 19th century exploration and colonial artists to reveal a dramatic shift in the visual archive; from celebration of noble savagery by the engravers of Paris, to the proposition of terra nullius that emerged from London.

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Item Type:Keynote Presentation
Keywords:Aboriginal, Tasmania
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander sociology
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Lehman, G (Professor Gregory Lehman)
ID Code:145890
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Aboriginal Engagement
Deposited On:2021-08-10
Last Modified:2021-08-10

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