Watch ⟶ Finders Keepers: In Conversation with Judy Watson — Experimenta

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How do we make sense of an object that has been stripped of its context by being placed in a museum collection? Judy Watson’s video ‘the keepers’ documents and reflects on her experience of researching the extensive Indigenous Australian collections held in the British Museum. This vast collection of artifacts is housed far from the country and cultures that made them and the curators of these collections are colloquially known as ‘the keepers’.

During this online conversation, artist Judy Watson and Experimenta Artistic Director Jonathan Parsons discuss the themes raised by this artwork. How does an object embody and carry knowledge? Is its potency diminished by taking it out of country and should they be returned?

Judy Watson’s artwork ‘the keepers’, presented as part of Experimenta Make Sense: International Triennial of Media Art.

This event was recorded: Wednesday 3 Feb 2021