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Master Thesis

The presence which is absence. Urban Aboriginal artists and the motive of the body

Abstract : Today's Australia, despite the multicultural image it wants to put forward, persists in ignoring its Indigenous population: whether they are 'urban' or live in remote communities in the Northern Territory and desert areas, Aborigines remain very often undesirable, and their presence is either ignored or little-known. This highly paradoxical situation, where the 'first inhabitants' of the Australian continent have become strangers and have to fight for recognition within their own country, seems to be intensified in the works of the so-called 'urban' Aboriginal artists: the motive of the body is omnipresent in their works, and echoes (and fight at the same time) an invisibility (or a false visibility) that has anchored itself in the Australian society since the early days of colonisation. Through these depictions of Aboriginal bodies appears the framework of a genuine process of reconstruction: the several steps of exorcising past and current sufferings, asserting the Aboriginal presence and creating a dialogue with the 'white' society will maybe allow Aborigines to find an image again, which won't be imposed on them anymore, and Australia to build itself by acknowledging this Indigenous heritage that is, whether the country wants it or not, part of its history.
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Salomé Moreau. The presence which is absence. Urban Aboriginal artists and the motive of the body. Literature. 2013. ⟨dumas-00926368⟩



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