Storymaking belonging

Bunda, Tracey and Heckenberg, Robyn and Snepvangers, Kim and Phillips, Louise Gwenneth and Lasczik, Alexandra and Black, Alison L. (2019) Storymaking belonging. Art/Research International, 4 (1). pp. 153-179.

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Sometimes data invites more of us. To be physically held and touched, through hands creating and crafting with matter, cultivating a closer connection to the fibres, threads, textures and sinews of data. Through touching and shaping the materiality of data, other beings, places and times are aroused. Here, we share the story of data that invited more of us and how this has spurred the creation of an exhibition titled Stories of Belonging with Indigenous and non-Indigenous artist/scholars for an arts festival in Queensland, Australia. This work by the collective, SISTAS Holding Space, deeply interrogates our ontological positionality as researchers, in particular what this means in the Australian context – a colonised nation populated through waves of migration. The scars of colonization, migration and shame are held and heard through Black and White Australian women creating and interrogating belonging alongside each other – listening and holding space for each other. We air the pains of ontological destruction, silencing, disconnection and emptiness. Through experimental making research methodology, we argue the primacy of storying and making, and for provoking resonant and entangled understandings of belonging and displacement.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version made accessible according to the creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) license.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - College for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research (1 Nov 2014 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - College for Indigenous Studies, Education and Research (1 Nov 2014 -)
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2019 05:27
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2019 01:36
Uncontrolled Keywords: Indigenous art, Indigenous culture, Indigenous history
Fields of Research (2008): 20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2002 Cultural Studies > 200201 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Studies
16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169902 Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
Identification Number or DOI: doi:10.18432/ari29429

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