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, the project follows several lines of enquiry 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.
RRM is funded by a grant from the Australian Research Council Indigenous Discovery Program (2016–2018) and is auspiced 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 Nation as the traditional custodians 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:
"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).