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Tasmanian Artist Julie Gough to Visit UVA Exploring Memorials and History • Wednesday October 11, 2017


Indigenous Tasmanian artist Julie Gough, whose artwork explores the absence of memorials to the histories of genocide and massacre that occurred on her native land in Tasmania, will visit Charlottesville October 25 – November 21 to explore this topic. An installation of her artwork titled Hunting Ground is currently on view at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection.

For Hunting Ground, Gough did extensive research into how Tasmania went from plentiful hunting grounds for Indigenous people to a land where those same people were hunted down when it was invaded and colonized by the British in the 19th century. After researching the massacres that took place, only some of which are known and documented, Gough created her own memorials to those dark events and posted them where they occurred, re-inscribing the land with an almost forgotten history.

In her upcoming residency, Gough will explore these topics within an American and Charlottesville-specific context. While here, she will guest lecture to UVA classes in numerous departments and will discuss her art practice in a Gallery Talk on November 4 and an Artist Talk on November 16 at the museum, with a reception following.


Another key component of her residency is a symposium at UVA titled “Monumental Meanings: Indigenous Perspectives on Monuments and Memorials in Charlottesville and Beyond.” At this event, Gough, together with other Indigenous scholars and artists, will discuss their perspectives on monuments and memorials that include, reference feature or honor Indigenous people. Karenne Wood, Jeffrey Hantman, and Ben Walters are the other panelists, and Kasey Keeler will moderate. This event will take place on Tuesday, November 14 at 5:30 pm at Brooks Hall, with a reception for further discussion to follow.

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