Group photo taken by the Arctic Ocean after the youth interviewed Randal “Boogie” Pokiak. Standing (from left): Jaro Malanowski (Avatar Media), Eriel Lugt, Brian Kikoak, Michèle Tomasino (Mangilaluk School), Maéva Gauthier (University of Victoria). Kneeling (from left): Darryl Tedjuk, Carmen Kuptana, Randal “Boogie” Pokiak, Nathan “Muk” Kuptana. Photo: Johan Stroman, 2019
The awe and majesty of Kakadu National Park landscapes invite reverence and respect.
Lake Mungo National Park. In these three images, the play of light and shadows hints at a timeless topography, its extraordinary striations marking deeply layered histories and memories. A place beyond time, a place for reflection. A place that invites us to embrace it respectfully and with a sense of ethics and responsibility.
Lake Mungo National Park. Alternative ways of seeing landscape facilitate an integrated view where the human engages with non-human, more-than-human, and other species in complex formations.
Lake Mungo National Park. Here, a place that is defined largely within Western disciplines of archaeology, geology, and geography, speaks also of deeply etched Aboriginal histories, stories, and cultural values.
Lake Mungo National Park. The striking, layered, and patterned formations of Lake Mungo. The silence tells of intertwined histories, Aboriginal and other.
Kakadu National Park, Ubirr (Main Gallery). These two sorcery paintings created by mimih spirits tell of storied places, and invite alternative viewpoints, going “beyond the rock-face.”
Kakadu National Park, Ubirr (Main Gallery). Two details of the decorative “X-ray” art style, characterized by depictions of animal and / or human figures in which the internal organs and bone structures are visible. These depictions also point to rock art as having agency and being integral to landscape as a totality.
Kakadu National Park, Burrungkuy (Nourlangie Rock). Figures painted in mimih style, portraying spirit beings that are said to have taught the First People knowledge for survival in the rocky plateau of Kakadu and Arnhem Land.
Kakadu National Park, Burrungkuy (Nourlangie Rock). With an array of anthropomorphic figures, animals, stenciled hand prints, cultural objects, spirits, and other worldly beings, rock art is integral to living cultural landscapes.