Disjecta: Material representations of an Indigenous and immigrant cultural legacy

Gibson, Celise M. (2015) Disjecta: Material representations of an Indigenous and immigrant cultural legacy. Masters by Research by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.


This practice-led research explores family history and the on-going influence of cultural legacy on the individual and the artist. Homi Bhabha theorises that identity vacillates through society, shifting and changing form to create disjunctive historical spaces – spaces of slippage that allow for new narratives and understandings to occur. Using the notion of disjuncture that became apparent in this research, the practice outcomes seek to visualise my families' sometimes-occulted history at the intersection of euro-centric and Indigenous ideologies.

Researched archival materials, government documents, interviews, collected objects and family photo-albums became primary source data for studio-based explorations. Scanners, glitch apps and photo-hacking were used to navigate through these materials, providing opportunities for photographic punctum and creating metaphors for the connections and disconnections that shape our sense of self.

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ID Code: 87001
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Garnons-Williams, Victoria & Robb, Charles
Keywords: Cultural Heritage, Indigenous, Immigrant, Identity, Family History, Archive, Legacy, Photomedia, Practice-Led methodology, Contemporary Art
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 17 Feb 2016 03:08
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2016 03:16

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