Experimenta Make Sense artist Judy Watson featured in the New Yorker

Experimenta Make Sense artist Judy Watson has been featured in a recent article in the New Yorker.

“A multimedia project led by the Indigenous Australian artist Judy Watson is among the initiatives seeking to map the numerous sites where colonists massacred Aboriginal people.”

Along with the work of historian Lyndall Ryan, Judy’s work highlights the important research being done on mapping Aboriginal massacre sites across Australia.

This feature article brings Judy’s artwork “the names of places”, and its historical and cultural significance, to the attention of a broad audience.

the names of places presents a research-based mapping of Aboriginal massacre sites across the country. A significant aspect of the project is an invitation to the Australian public to contribute their own knowledge of any such massacres, to be incorporated into a database and website that form part of the evolving project. Judy’s work inspires public contributions so that the places, names and details of such events can become part of our collective consciousness.

Read more of Judy’s artist profile here.

The New Yorker article showcases the result of the painstaking work undertaken by Judy and historian Lyndall Ryan. Their efforts to map the sites of Aboriginal massacres have both been constrained by limited funding. But, as pointed out by the article’s author, “taken together, the two maps allow for ‘a welling up of this aspect of our shared history’.”

“Watson and Ryan hope that their maps might act as digital memorials, which can circulate fluidly and are not as vulnerable to desecration. For, while the statues of white men have been targeted lately, the few public memorials commemorating Aboriginal history have been vandalized repeatedly for years.”

Read the full article here