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.

RESEARCH TEAM

 

Brook Andrew
Chief Investigator

Brook Andrew examines dominant Western narratives, specifically relating to colonialism, placing Australia at the centre of a global inquisition. Apart from drawing inspiration from vernacular objects and the archive Andrew travels internationally to work with communities and private and public collections. Creating interdisciplinary works and immersive installations Andrew presents viewers with alternative choices for interpreting the world, both individually and collectively, by intervening, expanding and re-framing history and our inheritance.

These perspectives are driven by his rich involvement with international and local research practice and his cultural inheritance of Wiradjuri, Ngunnawal and Celtic ancestry growing up in Australia's Sydney area. 

Brook Andrew has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at major institutions including Tate Britain; Museum of Contemporary Art, Seoul; Künstlerhaus, Vienna; Smithsonian Institute, Washington D.C; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; and the Jewish Museum, Berlin.  He has worked with collections from significant museums and has received numerous fellowships and awards.

Brook Andrew is represented by Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne, and Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris and Brussels. He is a lecturer at MADA (Monash Art, Design and Architecture), Monash University, Australia. 

 

Professor Marcia Langton AM: Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies
Mentor

Associate Provost at the University of Melbourne, and descendant of the Yiman people in Queensland, Marcia is the mentor for the ARC project 'Representation, Remembrance and the Memorial'. One of the most significant voices in public debate on many issues relating to Indigenous Australia, she gave the 2012 Boyer Lectures, “The Quiet Revolution: Indigenous People and the Resources Boom” on ABC Ratio National, and was a member on the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Indigenous Australians. Marcia is an anthropologist and geographer, and since 2000 has held the Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. She has produced a large body of knowledge in the areas of political and legal anthropology, Indigenous agreements and engagement with the minerals industry, and Indigenous culture and art.

 

Dr Jessica Neath
Research Assistant

Dr Jessica Neath is an Anglo-Celtic Australian researcher and writer currently based at the Department of Fine Arts, Monash University, where she has been working with the artist Brook Andrew on the Australian Research Council project Representation, Remembrance and the Memorial since 2016. In 2017, she was the Spiros Zournazis Memorial Fellow at the Australian War Memorial. In 2012, she received the John Barrett Award for Australian Studies (Postgraduate Category) for the paper “Empty Lands: Contemporary Art Approaches to Photographing Historical Trauma in Tasmania”, which was published in the Journal of Australian Studies.