Unsettled at The Australian Museum
The story of Australia's foundation, told from a First Nations perspective, is at the centre of Unsettled, a new exhibition at the Australian Museum. Historical documents, large-scale artworks, immersive experiences and objects from the Australian Museum collection will be used to tell the story of First Nations resilience and survival since 1770.
The exhibition will include 190 objects and images, ranging from accounts of the fires lit by Aboriginal people to signal to others that Captain Cook was sailing up Australia's east coast, to documents demonstrating the resistance and strength they have shown since colonisation in 1788. First-hand objects, as well as contemporary works by artists such as Tony Albert and Charlotte Allingham will delve into the ongoing impacts of colonisation and the Indigenous fight for recognition.
Unsettled – which is led by Indigenous curators – seeks to challenge how the stories and histories of First Nations people are explored by institutions such as the Australian Museum. To understand what themes and concepts to cover, the museum's First Nations curators spoke to 2500 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who reflected on what they would like to see from such an exhibition.
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