Critical Images: Aboriginal Art as Critique of Colonial Law (Conference Paper)
XXXth International Congress on Law and Mental Health Conference, Padua, Italy, June 2007
Posted: 6 Feb 2009
Date Written: June 1, 2007
Aboriginal art is a powerful medium for expressing Aboriginal law, culture and history. Aboriginal art plays a special role in understanding law in a society that did not rely on the written text. Art provides an important material expression of ongoing Indigenous concerns with events such as colonial massacres, segregation and the denial of civil and political rights.
Aboriginal artists are constantly engaging colonialism, law, and the criminal justice system as subject matter for their art. The purpose of this paper is to consider Aboriginal art specifically in relation to outcomes of colonialism and the search for a response to historical injustices.
Keywords: Aboriginal art, indigenous, colonialism, criminology, art
JEL Classification: K00
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