An ore-some Belonging related text

17 Nov

The Area of Study component of the HSC course is challenging for a number of students as it requires them to read and analyse related texts of their own choosing.  While some students are avid reads and will relish the opportunity to do additional reading above and beyond their set texts, many will not.  For these non-readers, we traditionally recommend that students pick a poem, speech, graphic novel, picture book and/or (in my case) TED Talk as a related text.  While these options are all great, there is one option that has not been listed: ART!

Craig Walsh’s installation entitled ‘Embedded‘ is a great example of non-printed medium which would be suitable as a related text.  At the heart of the exhibit is an exploration of the Aboriginal connection to place.  The intimate intertwining of culture, people and place is symbolised through the decision to overlay images of Aboriginal people with images of the land.  The superimposed images of  the land show reference the physicality of the Pilbara region, suggesting that people and place are inseparable.

Examination of the exhibit in conjunction with the artist’s statement and other promotional materials will enable students to recognise that the Pilbara is a site of varied belonging.  Students interested in this approach to the text may wish to consider the relationship between the Pilbara and the companies which mine the region.  Indeed, this avenue is distinctly open to students given the 21 skips of iron ore that are included as part of the exhibit.

Walsh’s work is currently exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art.  However, for those who cannot visit before the exhibit closes, make sure you check out the exhibit summary of the MCA website and the accompanying microsite.

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  1. Belonging related texts | Once uPUN a time... - November 20, 2013

    […] Craig Walsh’s art installation entitled Embedded (details & explanation of relevance). […]

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