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Local Time: Footscray (5-Feb-2014 +1000)

Local Time: Footscray (5-Feb-2014 +1000)

 

Year: 2014

 

Medium: Action

 

Local Time: Footscray (5-Feb-2014 +1000)

 

Local Time joined the Auckland Old Folks’ Association on the banks of the Maribyrnong River in Footscray to host 72 hours of open-format conversation in an exhibition to accompany the conference “Spectres of Evaluation”, held at Footscray Community Arts Centre. Continuing our interest in the protocols of hosting and the practices of customary authority over land, before arriving we made an invitation to local Elders, artists and artsworkers from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities connected to Footscray to join us for lunch at the proposed campsite. After sharing of food and the discovery of family connections we were presented with an Aboriginal Flag that hung at our site for the duration of our stay, becoming a hub for conversation about traditional camping and transit sites; historical flora and fauna; self-determination movements; indigenous history and colonial institutions.

 

Local Time acknowledges the support of Uncle Larry Walsh, Lydia Fairhall, Robert C. Bundle and Vicki Couzens during our first visit to Footscray.



[Our aim was to open ourselves to understanding how this action might be understood, and how we might acknowledge indigenous sovereignty in undertaking it.]

 

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