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When Time's Arrows Collide: Historical Critique in Indigenous Contemporary Art

Skerritt, Henry Francis (2017) When Time's Arrows Collide: Historical Critique in Indigenous Contemporary Art. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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This dissertation examines the work of four indigenous contemporary artists: Gabriel Maralngurra, George Nuku, Corey Bulpitt and Nonggirrnga Marawili. In bringing them together, it reveals a key tendency within recent indigenous art towards a reflexive critique of modern historicism. Rather than merely representing alternative modes of representing the past, this dissertation argues that these artists are engaged in meta-historical attempts to picture the ways in which multiple modes of history making overlap, intersect and collide in our world today. Examining four distinctive case studies, this dissertation explores the ways in which indigenous contemporary artists engage with the institutions of art and ethnography, while exploring the nature of subject- object relations substantiated by these institutions. This dissertation considers the implications of this practice for indigenous self-representation, while considering the role of art in cross-cultural dialogue.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Skerritt, Henry Francishfs3@pitt.eduhfs30000-0001-7745-544X
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairSmith, Terrytes2@pitt.eduTES2
Committee MemberEllenbogen, Joshjme23@pitt.eduJME23
Committee MemberSavage, Kirkksa@pitt.eduKSA
Committee MemberMyers,
Date: 28 September 2017
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 24 April 2017
Approval Date: 28 September 2017
Submission Date: 22 July 2017
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Number of Pages: 247
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > History of Art and Architecture
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: indigenous art; contemporary art; indigeneity;
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2017 00:44
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2022 05:15


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