Venue: Yasuko Hiraoka Myer (YHM) room, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, The University of Melbourne
Date: Friday & Saturday, 22-23 November 2013
Time: 10am – 4pm daily


ANSA Photography Exhibition
"Young people in Kadukwaikela Village get into the holiday spirit in preparation for a Trobriand-style Christmas celebration" by Andrew Connelly of the Australian National University

“Young people in Kadukwaikela Village get into the holiday spirit in preparation for a Trobriand-style Christmas celebration” by Andrew Connelly of the Australian National University

The Australian Network of Student Anthropologists (ANSA) is pleased to work in co-operation with the Aperture Festival in hosting a photography exhibition during the festival. Photographs in this exhibition provide visual depictions of anthropology as experienced and practised by current and recent students. In 2013, the exhibition theme is Anthropology at home and in the field in the Asia Pacific region.

James Clifford (1997: 186) has argued that throughout its history, anthropology has been based upon “a spatial distinction between a home base and an exterior place of discovery”. Travel, physical displacement, and dwelling in a place other than home have been seen as central to the experience of fieldwork (ibid). He suggests that the historical oppositions that existed in anthropology such as “inside” and “outside”, “home” and “away”, “same” and “different” need to be, and are being, rethought (ibid: 206).

With this in mind, the 2013 ANSA Photography Exhibition features images depicting anthropology at home which show anthropological work being conducted in places that may be familiar to Australians. In contrast, images in this exhibition which depict anthropology in the field portray perhaps less familiar people and places being studied by anthropologists. Some photographs blur the boundaries between home and field. This year, the exhibition features photographs from locations as diverse as Australia, Papua New Guinea, Thailand, Pakistan, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and Rapa Nui. A highlight of the exhibition will be the winning photographs from the 2013 ANSA Photography Competition.

Clifford, J 1997, ‘Spatial practices: Fieldwork, travel, and the disciplining of anthropology’, in Anthropological locations: Boundaries and grounds of a field science, eds A Gupta & J Ferguson, University of California Press, Berkeley, pp. 185–222.

Maree Clarke's Multimedia Installation
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We apologise due to unforeseen circumstances Maree Clarke’s multimedia installation was cancelled.

Maree Clarke, a Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta, BoonWurrung woman from Mildura in northwest Victoria, is a multi disciplinary artist living and working in Melbourne.

Maree Clarke is a pivotal figure in the reclamation of southeast Australian Aboriginal art practices, reviving elements of Aboriginal culture that were lost over the period of colonisation. Maree’s continuing desire to affirm and reconnect with her cultural heritage has seen her revification of the traditional possum skin cloaks, together with the production of contemporary designs of kangaroo teeth necklaces, and string headbands adorned with kangaroo teeth and echidna quills.

Maree Clarke’s multi media installations of photography, painting and sculpture further explore the rituals and ceremonies of her ancestors. (excerpt from Vivien Anderson Gallery)




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