Media: single channel video
Duration: 9:15 mins
‘the keepers’ is a video work that follows the journey of a ‘behind the scenes’ viewing of the Indigenous Australian collections held in the stores of the British Museum. The video conveys both the sensation of viewing the Indigenous collections (a privilege which artist Judy Watson knows few of her fellow Countrymen and women can afford), and what it is like for the objects themselves to be located Out of Country, waiting for their return. The title given to the Curators of Collections in the British Museum are The Keepers.
The artist acknowledges the support from:
Gaye Sculthorpe Jill Hasell Rachael Murphy British Museum, London; Waanyi language Courtesy of AIATSIS, Gavan Breen Collection, Item BREEN_G04 – 005115
Judy Watson was born in Mundubbera, Queensland, in 1959. Watson's Aboriginal matrilineal family are from Waanyi country in north-west Queensland.