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'Un-resettling', a photographoic exhibition by James Tylor
The Un-resettling series (2013) explores the paradox of practising traditional Indigenous culture in National parks, conservation parks and recreational bushland.
James Tylor, 'Un-resettling (A-frame hut)', 2013, handcoloured digital print, 42 x 42cm, image courtesy the artist
Un-resettling, James Tylor
The Un-resettling series (2013) explores the paradox of practising traditional Indigenous culture in National parks, conservation parks and recreational bushland. These public spaces seemingly advertise that Indigenous people still continue a traditional connection to the location, although it is illegal to remove objects or disturb the landscape. This restriction prevents Indigenous people from hunting, gathering food, or removing materials and building Indigenous architectural structure such as fish traps and dwellings in these public reserves. Un-resettling draws on two related bodies of work: Un-resettling (dwellings) and Un-resettling (happenings). These series seek to place traditional Indigenous dwellings back into the landscape as a public reminder that they once appeared throughout the area.
They also highlight the removal of Indigenous people and their culture from these public areas where the land is only now used for public enjoyment.
James Tylor is a Masters (Visual Art) graduate from the South Australian School of Art, University of South Australia. His work explores Australia’s cultural representation through alternative photography mediums, sculpture, installation and video inspired by his multi-racial heritage involving Aboriginal, English and Maori-Australian ancestry. Tylor’s work features in Australian public and private collections; he is represented by Marshall Arts Gallery, SA; Vivien Anderson Gallery, VIC; and Paul McNamara Gallery, NZ.