Aesthetics and ethics informing an exhibition of artworks by Indigenous youth

Jones, Janice K. (2017) Aesthetics and ethics informing an exhibition of artworks by Indigenous youth. In: 12th International Conference on the Arts In Society: Gestures that Matter , 14-16 June 2017, Paris, France.

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Abstract

For arts educators, and particularly for non-Indigenous facilitators working with Indigenous communities, exhibiting children’s works raises issues of representation, voice, authenticity and power. Over 12 weeks, non-Indigenous university arts educators ran workshops in visual arts, music, storytelling and dance with 60 young people attending an Indigenous Youth group in regional Queensland. At the end of that time, 32 young people agreed to exhibit their artworks, several of which included Augmented Reality (AR) overlays of young peoples’ songs, dances and words, in the city art gallery during National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week. Preparing works for public display engaged non-Indigenous facilitators in negotiating a range of ethical, aesthetic and cultural decisions with the community and gallery curators. This paper explores how colonising thought may be manifest though aesthetic decision-making around the mounting of an exhibition. It raises questions also for educators exhibiting children’s creative works: by applying adult conceptions of what constitutes professional and aesthetic displays the organisers may literally re-frame and mis-translate children’s meanings.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2017 Common Ground Research Networks. Abstract only published in Program.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2018 05:02
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2018 01:51
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indigenous youth, arts education, ethics, aesthetics, art exhibitions, augmented reality, power, postcolonialism, colonising thought, colonisation, The Big House, NAIDOC
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950407 Social Ethics
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33091

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