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.

Public Events

The RR.Memorial Forum was pleased to  bring an incredible array of speakers to the following public events in Melbourne, made possible by the support of key institutions.

The RR.Memorial Forum acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Owners of Melbourne, the Boon Wurrung and Wurrundjeri peoples of the Kulin Nations, on whose lands we gather.

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, Colorado, US. Photo by Brook Andrew, October 2017.

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site, Colorado, US. Photo by Brook Andrew, October 2017.

Walking on Bones, Empowering Memory

Boiler Room Lecture Series Tuesday 26 June 2018, 6-8pm State Library of Victoria
Free, bookings required

NOTE: a book launch of Remembering the Myall Creek Massacre, will occur at 5:30PM

Monash University Museum of Art | MUMA in partnership with Monash Art Design & Architecture (MADA) present a special panel discussion with experts on memorialisation of massacre and genocide from around the world.

Featuring Savina Sirik (Document Center of Cambodia), Nelson Abiti (Uganda National Museum), Brook Andrew (Wiradjuri/Celtic artist), Lyndon Ormond-Parker and Professor Marcia Langton (Yiman/Australia).

In Australia, we walk on bones. There is a history of massacres and battles that is rarely memorialised in the public sphere. The Frontier Wars shaped the emergence of the modern Australian nation, yet its memories are often carried as deeply personal stories of loss and sites of trauma remain unmarked or contested. In the current upswell of activity towards addressing traumatic histories in Australia but also across the world, our panelists consider what can be learned from international developments and grassroots actions.

Confronting the Frontier Wars: International perspectives

NGV Australia Public Program Saturday 30 June 2018 11am-6pm, bookings required

An afternoon of conversation, music and candid presentations featuring leading academics, artists and trailblazers, from across the world, who are working to empower memories of loss and survival in the wake of colonisation, war and genocide. To coincide with the major exhibitions Colony: Australia 1770–1861 and Colony: Frontier Wars at the National Gallery of Victoria.

The program includes a keynote presentation by Profesor Annie Coombes (UK), a musical performance by the Rwandan-British multidisciplinary artist Stéphanie Kabanyana Kanyandekwe and conversations with Brisbane-based, Waanyi  artist Judy Watson, historian Lyndall Ryan as well as other forum delegates.

Musician Jessie Lloyd

Musician Jessie Lloyd

Still from Shiraz Bayjoo,  Ile de France , HD Film, 2015

Still from Shiraz Bayjoo, Ile de France, HD Film, 2015

MADA Artform with Shiraz Bayjoo, Jessie Lloyd and Brook Andrew

Wednesday 27 June 2018, 5-6pm Monash Art Design & Architecture Building G, Room G1.04, 900 Dandenong Rd, Caulfield East. Free, no booking required.

Before the opening of the exhibition Representation, Remembrance and the Memorial at the MADA Gallery, join artists Shiraz Bayjoo and Brook  Andrew and musician Jessie Lloyd for a frank conversation about making art and music that tackles the histories of colonisation.

Originally from the tropics of North Queensland, Jessie Lloyd is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performer, producer and creative entrepreneur who is dedicated to the continuation of song traditions. Jessie is based in Melbourne where she is working the Mission Songs project. Searching for the secular songs that were sung after church, Jessie explores the day to day life on the Aboriginal missions, settlements and reserves through music.

Shiraz Bayjoo is an interdisciplinary artist based in London whose recent works have investigated the histories and memories of the Indian Ocean region and the legacy of European colonialism. Originally from Maurituis, Bayjoo was artist in residence at Whitechapel gallery during 2011 and has exhibited with Tate Britain and the Institute for International Visual Art (Iniva).

Brook Andrew is an interdisciplinary artist based in Melbourne/Berlin who examines dominant narratives, often relating to colonialism and modernist histories. He is the Chief Investigator of the Australian Research Council project 'Representation, Remembrance and the Memorial' (2016-2018), based at Monash University.





Exhibition opening Representation Remembrance and the Memorial

Wednesday 27 June 2018, 6-8pm MADA Gallery Monash University Caulfield Campus. Free, no booking required.

An opportunity to explore the research archive of the three-year project Representation, Remembrance and the Memorial.

This project addresses the lack of memorials and visibility in the public sphere to the histories, memories and legacy of frontier violence in Australia through an international comparative study. Investigating trauma sites including in Cambodia, South Africa, the United States, Mauritius, and Germany and connecting with local efforts to memorialise frontier massacres and repatriate human remains, the project considers the possibilities for art, architecture, and design as memorial.

The exhibition includes artworks by Brook Andrew, Julie Gough, Roberta Rich, Judy Watson and Shiraz Bayjoo; interview transcripts with Indigenous scholar Professor Marcia Langton, American architect Peter Eisenman and scholar of cultural memory, Andreas Huyssen; architectural drawings for the proposed Education and Cultural Centre adjacent to the Myall Creek Massacre Memorial, and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Peter Eisenman), and other materials and artworks.

Curated by Brook Andrew and Dr Jessica Neath

Exhibition runs until 4th August 2018.