Reading Between the Lines - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Reading Between the Lines

READING BETWEEN THE LINES: Uncovering Butchulla History in the K’Gari Research Archive 

13 AUGUST TO 30 OCTOBER 2021

Reading Between the Lines uncovers 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 brings 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

Rose Barrowcliffe

Rose Barrowcliffe is a Butchulla doctoral student at USC, Australia. Her research uses critical race theory to examine how Indigenous peoples are represented in archives and how that then affects their representation in historical narratives. Rose's research is grounded in the K'gari Research Archive, an archive that is about the Butchulla Traditional Country now also known as Fraser Island.

PRESENTED BY

USC Art Gallery with support from Horizon Festival

Map of K’gari and newspaper clipping from the K’gari Research Archive held at USC.

RELATED EVENTS

WALK + TALK

Join exhibition curator Rose Barrowcliffe on Saturday 28 August at 12pm for a Walk + Talk of Reading Between the Lines.