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Reading Between the Lines

Reading Between the Lines uncovered the hidden stories of the Butchulla people, the traditional custodians of K’gari (Fraser Island), through a creative examination of the K’gari Research Archive.

Reading Between the Lines
Uncovering Butchulla History in the K'gari Research Archive

13 August—30 October 2021
USC Art Gallery
Curated by Rose Barrowcliffe

Presented by USC Art Gallery with support from Horizon Festival

Reading Between the Lines uncovered the hidden stories of the Butchulla people, the traditional custodians of K’gari (Fraser Island), through a creative examination of the K’gari Research Archive.

Archives of local and national significance across Australia have been founded on colonial systems of record-keeping, with institutions valuing written records that uphold the settler-nation narrative. This has resulted in a disproportionate representation of non-Indigenous perspectives in archives, such as the K’gari Research Archive.

Curator Rose Barrowcliffe brought light to the history of Butchulla people and their Country that has previously been concealed through the dominant settler-colonial narrative of this archive to reveal a Butchulla perspective of people, place and archives.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that this exhibition may contain images, names, and voices of people who are deceased.

Curator Talk
12.00pm Saturday 28 August 2021

Installation view of Reading Between the Lines at USC Art Gallery, 13 August to 30 October 2021. Photo: Carl Warner.