Representation, Remembrance and the Memorial (RRM) is a visual arts research project that concerns the Australian frontier wars and the possibility of representing the magnitude of Indigenous loss and survival in a national memorial. Led by the Wiradjuri/Celtic artist Brook Andrew with a group of local and international people (see 'FORUM 2018'), the project focuses on case studies including investigating international examples of monuments to genocide and community approaches to remembering frontier violence.
Research activities and outcomes include interviewing memorial experts, site visits, archival research, hosting a forum, developing artworks, writing a set of guidelines and publications.
This research project aims to generate thought and discussion on what form future memorialisation can take by connecting local actions with international discourse and projects. It is not a history project and does not attempt to list a definitive history of memorials in Australia of massacre and trauma sites. Other projects have attempted in some capacity to begin this: including the multimedia project, the names of places, led by Judy Watson and the massacre map research led by Professor Lyndall Ryan. There is also the international research on trauma sites
RRM is funded by a grant from the Australian Research Council Indigenous Discovery Program (2016–2018) and is hosted by Monash University's Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture. The project is based in Melbourne, Australia.
We acknowledge the Boon Wurrung and Wurrundjeri peoples of the Kulin Nations as the traditional owners of the land on which our office and studio resides.
PLEASE NOTE: this website and project is not a history project. For a detailed history of the frontier wars in Australia including massacres of the first peoples, we suggest the following resources as an introduction:
"Colonial Frontier Massacres in Eastern Australia 1788-1872" https://c21ch.newcastle.edu.au/colonialmassacres/, accessed 25 August 2017.
Henry Reynolds, The Forgotten War, (Sydney: NewSouth Publishing, 2013).
"List of massacres of Indigenous Australians" Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_massacres_of_Indigenous_Australians, accessed June 15, 2016.
Bruce Elder, Blood on the Wattle: Massacres and Maltreatment of Australian Aborigines since 1788, (Frenchs Forest: Child & Associates, 1988).