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. This is an Australia Research Council grant.


The following people have agreed to be interviewed for the project, contribute to conversations and/or participate in the 2018 Forum.

Mr. Anthony “Al” Addison: Northern Arapaho Business Council. Along with representatives from Southern Arapaho, Northern Cheyenne and Southern Cheyenne tribes works with the United States National Parks Service in developing the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, located southeast of Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Jane Anderson: Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Museum Studies at New York University. Her most recent project with Kim Christen Withey is Local Contexts.

Shiraz Bayjoo (b. 1980, Mauritius) is a London-based artist currently working in the Indian Ocean region, whose practice spans painting, photography, and video. Bayjoo explores the territory between abstraction and images of a metaphorical nature from cartographic, mythic and religious traditions. His works addresses narratives of disappearing identities as a condition of coloniality.

Rueben Berg: A Gunditjmara man, Berg is a founder and director of Indigenous Architecture and Design Victoria and the Managing Director of RJHB Consulting.

Aunty Maxine Briggs is the Koori Librarian at State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

Aunty Carolyn Briggs is a Boonwurrung elder from Victoria who is recognised as a keeper of the history and genealogies of her people. Aunty Carolyn is a language and linguistics expert and is dedicated to recording her Boonwurrung language in oral and written form. She has been active in community development, Native Title, cultural preservation and cultural promotion.

Reverend John Brown, former chairperson of the Friends of Myall Creek, the committee who manage the memorial and ceremony to the Myall Creek Massacre, New South Wales, of 1838.

Neil Carter: Member of the Australian Government’s Advisory Committee for Indigenous Repatriation and one of the authors of the National Resting Place Consultation Report (2014). Repatriation Officer for the Kimberley Aboriginal Law and Cultural Centre.

Youk Chhang:  Executive Director of the Document Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), founder of the Sleuk Rith Institute and survivor of the Khmer Rouge’s killing fields.

Professor Annie E. Coombes: Professor of Material and Visual Culture in the Department of History of Art, Birkbeck, University of London.  Author of History After Apartheid: Visual Culture and Public Memory in a Democratic South Africa (2003) and editor of Rethinking Settler Colonialism: History and Memory in Australia, Canada, Aotearoa New Zealand and South Africa (2006).

Peter Eisenman: American architect who designed the Memorial to the Murdered Jews in Berlin, Germany.

Wesley Enoch –playwright and director of Murri descent from Stradbroke Island (Minjeribah). He is the current director of the Sydney Festival.

Professor Faye GinsbergDavid B. Kriser Professor of Anthropology Director, Center for Media, Culture and History, New York University .

Joy Gregory is a London based artist working with photography and related media. Born in England to Jamaican parents, Joy is a graduate of Manchester Polytechnic and the Royal College of Art. Her practice attends to social and political issues with particular reference to history and cultural differences in contemporary society.

Genevieve Grieves belongs to the Worimi Nation in mid-north coast of New South Wales. Film-maker, storyteller, and the Lead Curator for the Bunjilaka project at Melbourne Museum.

Dr Lily Hibberd: DECRA ARC Research Fellow in the National Institute of Experimental Arts, University of New South Wales. An interdisciplinary artist, writer and curator, Lily co-founded the Parramatta Female Factory Memory project in 2012 with Bonney Djuric, in collaboration with the Parragirls. 

Professor Andreas Huyssen is the Villard Professor of German and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1986. He is one of the founding editors of the New German Critique. Huyssen is the author of Present Pasts: Urban Palimpsests and the Politics of Memory (2003).

Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett: Program Director of the Core Exhibition for the Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw.

Dr Greg Lehman, descendant of the Trawulwuy people of North East Tasmania, recently completed a PhD in Art History at the University of Tasmania and is a member of the National Museum of Australia’s Indigenous Reference Group. Greg is working with MONA and the Macquarie Point Development Corporation on the current re-development of Macquarie Point, Hobart, into a Truth and Reconciliation Park.

Daniel Libeskind: An international figure in architecture and urban design renowned for his ability to evoke cultural memory in buildings. Architect of the Jewish Museum, Berlin and created the masterplan for the rebuilding of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. 

Professor Jane Lydon: Discipline Chair/Wesfarmers Chair in Australian History at the University of Western Australia. Author of Photography, Humanitarianism, Empire, Bloomsbury, London 2016 and The Flash of Recognition: Photography and the emergence of Indigenous rights, New South Books, Sydney, 2012.

Professor Fred Myers: Silver Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at New York University, where he has taught since 1982. 

Emma Nicolson: Director, ATLAS Arts, an award winning, pioneering producer and commissioner of contemporary art that creates connections between artists and audiences and responds to the unique qualities of this region, its landscape, its culture and its people.

Tom Nicholson: Melbourne-based artist and lecturer at Monash Art, Design and Architecture. He has worked with archival material and the visual languages of politics, often using public actions and focusing on the relationship between actions and their traces. 

Dr James Oliver is a Senior Lecturer at MADA, Monash University. He is a researcher and writer, with a focus on the creative and cultural intersections of ‘practice as research’ as a methodology of enquiry. Author and editor of Associations: Creative Practice and Research, Melbourne University Publishing (February 2018). 

Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker: Indigenous heritage expert who currently holds a Melbourne Early Career Academic Fellowship with the Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, The University of Melbourne. Committee member of of the Australian Heritage Council and the Australian Government’s Advisory Committee for Indigenous Repatriation.

Corleigh Powderface: Guiding Feather Woman- Wa-thu-thna-ge Miya, Stoney Nakoda (I-ya-hre Nakoda) from the Morley reserve, Canada. A Traditional Knowledge Keeper with a passion to teach others about her ancestral history, traditional protocols as well as traditional spirituality.

Mr. Gail Ridgely: Northern Arapaho tribal representative, descendant of the Sand Creek Massacre, along with representatives from Southern Arapaho, Northern Cheyenne and Southern Cheyenne tribes works with the United States National Parks Service in developing the Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, located southeast of Denver, Colorado.

Alexa Roberts, Superintendent Sand Creek National Historic Site, Colorado, United States.

Professor Lyndall Ryan: Research Professor in the Centre for the History of Violence in the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Newcastle. Since the 1970s Lyndall has researched Australian frontier violence and in July 2017 launched the website Colonial Frontier Massacres in Eastern Australia 1788-1872.

Khaled Sabsabi: born in Lebanon, lives in Australia, Sabsabi is a multimedia and installation artist who works across borders, cultures and disciplines, and with diverse communities, to make artworks that challenge extreme principles and actions. 

Savina Sirik: Director of the Museum of Memory, one of the three pillars at the Sleuk Rith Institute, the permanent center of the Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam) which continues the efforts of preserving the memory of past atrocities, contributing to justice, and promoting healing.

Vered Snear: New York based Israeli artist working across video, installation, sculpture and photography. Research interests include the ideological frameworks of collective memories as expressed in analogue frameworks such as museums, commemorative monuments, or encyclopedias. 

Judy Watson: Brisbane based multi-media artist whose matrilineal family is from Waanyi country in Northwest Queensland. Since the 1970s has made artworks that address the histories of massacres of Aboriginal people.

Karen Wilde (Muskogee(Creek)/Pawnee), Tribal Liaison, Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, Colorado, United States.

Thomas Woltz, owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape Architects, an award-winning American landscape architect who, over the past 20 years, has forged a body of work that integrates the beauty and function of built forms with an understanding of complex biological systems and restoration ecology.