Counter-monuments Symposium: Session Two

Counter-monuments: Indigenous settler relations in Australian contemporary art and memorial practices | Session Two: Thursday 18 March 2021 Chair: Genevieve Grieves, Indigenous Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Melbourne IN THIS SESSION: Honouring our Aboriginal Warriors by Dr Fiona Foley Mutually assured construction by Carol Que and Joel Sherwood Spring Mass Exposure: Memory Laundering, Racial Literacy and the Art of Truth Telling by Lilly Brown, Dianne Jones and Dr Odette Kelada


This three-day symposium offers unique insights into the process of creating artworks in response to difficult and violent colonial histories: from failed and rejected artwork proposals, and tense negotiations and compromises with commissioners, to the consideration of Indigenous approaches to memorialisation, artists, curators, academics and activists consider the different roles played by public memorials, and the ways in which public art serves to both educate and confront uninformed settler publics whilst producing spaces of remembrance and healing for Indigenous people.

Genevieve Grieves and Dr Amy Spiers have developed this program in partnership with the Indigenous Settler Relations Collaboration (ISRC), University of Melbourne, Contemporary Art and Social Transformation (CAST), RMIT, and with assistance from the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body. ACCA is pleased to host this symposium as part of the 2020-22 research, publication and exhibition project Who’s Afraid of Public Space?