Twilight

by Mackenzie, David, Norrie, Susan

2006

Duration
10
Exhibition
Figuring Landscapes

"Twilight documents the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, a subversive architecture of protest that embodies and accommodates Aboriginal activism and rights for Indigenous people." Norrie & Mackenzie, 2008

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Twilight documents the Aboriginal Tent Embassy, a subversive architecture of protest that embodies and accommodates Aboriginal activism and rights for Indigenous people.This materially indeterminate site challenges the idea of architecture as an agency of civilisation and peaceful settlement (see Greg Cowan,‘Nomadic Resistance’, in link provided). Strategically placed on the lawns at the front of the Old Parliament House in Canberra, this camp works as an effective foil to the massive and monolithic architecture of a white dominating society. Twilight also includes archival footage of the Maralinga atomic tests carried out by the British in South Australia in the 1950s and 1960s. The dispossession of thousands of Maralinga, Pitjantjatjara and Kokatha people and the environmental devastation wrought continues to have ongoing ramifications of colonial fallout.

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