Before Time Today: Reinventing Tradition in Aurukun Aboriginal Art

Before Time Today: Reinventing Tradition in Aurukun Aboriginal Art showcases the vibrant artistic practices of the Indigenous peoples of Cape York's Aurukun community. The carvings, weavings and paintings made by Wik, Kugu and associated peoples, illustrate the connections between their art and life, and demonstrate that their cultures remain strong and vibrant through the renewal of tradition.

This book explains how Aurukun art production absorbed the colonial impact of mission and government cultural intervention throughout the 20th century, shifting through demands for cultural display to outsiders and arts and crafts initiatives, and then providing the powerful visual symbols for the political struggles of Aurukun's Wik people to regain land ownership and social justice.

Richly illustrated, the publication includes a range of scholarly essays by leading art historians, curators and anthropologists, including Peter Sutton, David F. Martin and John von Sturmer all of whom have worked closely with the Aurukun community. Their responses are enriched by the insights of the Aurukun artists themselves.

Preface by John von Sturmer, independent writer, artist and critic

Essays by anthropologist Peter Sutton, 2010 winner of The John Button Prize, Sally Butler, exhibition curator and Senior Lecturer in Art History, The University of Queensland, anthropologist David F. Martin, Belgian art historian Georges Petitjean, artist Tony Albert, and conversations with Aurukun artists Stanley Kalkeeyorta and Mavis Ngallametta

Edited by Sally Butler

160 pages, full colour, soft cover
ISBN: 978-0-7022-358-1 (pbk.)
Published by University of Queensland Press, Brisbane 2010
RRP $15.00 including GST

This publication has been generously supported by the Queensland Government through Trade Queensland’s Queensland Indigenous Arts Marketing and Export Agency (QIAMEA) and the Gordon Darling Foundation.

This project has received financial assistance from the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Exhibition

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Before Time Today: Reinventing Tradition in Aurukun Aboriginal Art