Walking contested ground: Navigating settler colonial place through drawing and printmaking


Antonia Aitken - PhD examination

Start Date

6th Jul 2018

End Date

12th Jul 2018


Plimsoll Gallery, Hunter Street, Hobart

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Image credit: Antonia Aitken, Untitled II (holdfast iterations), 2018, hand and lasercut plywood and woodcut print on mulberry paper, 120 x 180cm

Exhibition dates: Sat 7 July – Thurs 12 July, 2018
Opening event: Fri 6 July, 5.30 – 7.00 pm

Antonia Aitken - PhD examination

This project considers how the slow, rhythmic and repetitive movements inherent in the embodied actions of walking, printmaking and drawing generate sensitive responses to place. This project aims to acknowledge the complexity within place relationships that bear witness to the imprint of ongoing settler colonialism, and addresses the growing need to consider how we navigate the discomfort of contradictory sets of experiences that are part of walking contested ground.

Over four years I have walked a web of connection between my place of dwelling and a number of key locations in and around the Hobart region in lutruwita (Tasmania). Walking enables a slowed-down and embodied attentiveness.  Perceptions of linear time dissolve to reveal a complex merging and co-mingling of observation, memory and imagining. This methodology develops a sense of a simultaneously moving internal and external passage; an entangled or knotted-time which is reflected in the conceptual, visual and material explorations within this project.

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