Julie Gough uses art to articulate memories hidden in time. Her two works in the installation Fugitive History help us piece together the often-unrecorded atrocities perpetrated against Tasmanian Aboriginal people by the colonists of Van Diemen’s Land.
The film work The Gathering embeds historic texts disclosing colonial violence amidst bucolic footage of rural lutruwita/Tasmania with its distinctive hills, piles of bonfire timber and renowned farm names on fences.
Hunting Ground (Haunted) presents footage of print press posters produced by Gough and placed on Country. These bear witness at ten sites of murderous attacks by colonists against Tasmanian Aboriginal people in the first 30 years post invasion.
Fugitive History reconnects place with story. At Ross Town Hall these works bid other hidden histories to resurface and colonial Truth Telling to commence.
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Image: Julie Gough, Hunting Ground (Haunted) Van Diemen's Land 2016–2017 (still)