Untouched Landscapes highlights the contemporary absence of Aboriginal cultures within the Australian landscape, and how this phenomenon is a direct result of the impact of European colonisation.
The first European colonists forced First Nations peoples off their traditional lands into small christian missions and government reserves across Australia. This allowed the new European arrivals free access to clear the land for settlements, forestry and agriculture.
This clearing of First Nations people resulted in the removal of Indigenous cultures and identity from the Australian landscape. Today, the absence of traditional Aboriginal cultures within the Australian landscape continues to be censored by the processes of colonisation and has left much of it with the appearance that it was ‘Untouched’ before European arrival.
Prices include framing, and sculptures include pins to mount easily onto a wall. James is happy to suggest an arrangement based on collector’s selection. Scroll to the bottom for an essay on the series by Aidan Hartshorn.
Presented as a series of photographs & handmade weapons and shields, James’ work calls into focus the mistakes, mistranslations and loss of knowledge resulting from colonisation.
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