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ARHT3636: Contemporary Indigenous Art

This unit explores the diversity of Indigenous art practice and its inclusion within the fields of contemporary art. Through in-death visual analysis of individual artists and art producing communities, the unit will consider distinct Indigenous art practices and relate them to issues of cultural and political sovereignty, colonisation, land rights and representation. Problematising the historical and contemporary reception of Indigenous art, we aim to understand the Indigenous systems of value that shape the creation and circulation of Indigenous art.

Code ARHT3636
Academic unit Art History
Credit points 6
12 credit points at 2000 level in Art History or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Indigenous Studies or 12 credit points at 2000 level in Critical Studies

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. understand the cosmological dimension of Indigenous Art and the diversity of Indigenous contemporary art practice
  • LO2. relate contemporary art practice to issues of assimilation, colonisation, sovereignty, reconciliation, formulations of nationhood and alternative citizenship, intersectionality and social justice
  • LO3. problematise the dichotomies between remote/urban, art/craft, ethnography/art, prehistory/history, traditional/contemporary
  • LO4. understand the multiple regimes of value that shape the creation and circulation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art in Australia and globally
  • LO5. demonstrate knowledge of the historical reception of Indigenous art and the shifting frameworks of Indigenous museology
  • LO6. engage with works of art and discuss them in relation to art historical, critical, political and theoretical interpretations of Aboriginal art
  • LO7. demonstrate skills in critical reading, writing and thinking.

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