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

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Chris Cunneen

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney; University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences; James Cook University - Cairns Campus

Date Written: June 1, 2007

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Cunneen, Chris, Critical Images: Aboriginal Art as Critique of Colonial Law (Conference Paper) (June 1, 2007). XXXth International Congress on Law and Mental Health Conference, Padua, Italy, June 2007. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1338355

Chris Cunneen (Contact Author)

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney ( email )

15 Broadway, Ultimo
PO Box 123
Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

James Cook University - Cairns Campus ( email )

PO Box 6811
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Australia

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