Representing places never visited: Landscape and the diasporic imagination

Pedersen, Courtney (2014) Representing places never visited: Landscape and the diasporic imagination. In Garnons-Williams, Victoria (Ed.) Photography and Fiction: Locating Dynamics of Practice, Queensland Centre for Photography, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia, pp. 71-74.

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While landscape photography’s complicity with the colonial possession of new territory has been substantially discussed and well understood, this paper considers the role of the European landscape as the focus of diasporic desire. The interdisciplinary project, S2Q/Good Blood began as a social history map of Scandinavian and Nordic migration to Queensland in the nineteenth century, incorporating archival material from local collections with visual field trip data gathered in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland. In 2011, some of this material found its way into the installation work, 'my mother is water, my father is wood'. What emerged from this experiment was an imaginary landscape, melding its loci through original photography and video footage in tandem with stock imagery and historical material. This juxtaposition reinforced the represented landscape as a narrative landscape and evidence of the performativity of belonging. This practitioner reflection utilizes Lynette Russell’s research into landscape archaeology to consider the significance of relationships with landscapes that are “not always empirically demonstrable.”

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ID Code: 82898
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Photography, Installation, Video art, Practitioner reflection, Landscape archaeology, Queensland history, Genealogy
ISBN: 9780992322533
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > VISUAL ARTS AND CRAFTS (190500) > Lens-based Practice (190503)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 QCP, the authors and the artists 2014
Copyright Images, the artists 2014
Copyright Statement: All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronically or mechanically, including photocopying, recording or any information storage and retrieval system, without the written permission of the Queensland Centre for Photography.
Deposited On: 30 Mar 2015 04:41
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2015 21:41

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