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Amy is an artist, curator, writer and researcher based in Narrm (Melbourne)

Living and working on unceded Country of the Wurundjeri and Boon wurrung peoples of the Kulin Nation



Talk — 2022

Public webinar presented by Amy Spiers and Genevieve Grieves.

Hosted by the Australian Centre, University of Melbourne, as part of the Critical Public Conversations series: Undoing Australia.

Increasingly across the globe, statues and monuments celebrating imperial conquest and colonial oppression are being defaced, recontextualised, removed by authorities or spectacularly toppled by protestors. It is evident from such acts that public memorials have become significant sites for inciting debate and action on the histories and ongoing legacies of colonial and racist violence.

In Australia, it is routinely noted that there are contradictions in public remembrances that tend to honour white settler lives and accomplishments over Indigenous ones, and a culture of active silence on the violence of colonialism in public presentations of the past. In response, many contemporary Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists have produced public "counter-monuments" to make visible contested histories. In this lecture, Genevieve Grieves and Amy Spiers discuss how the public’s view of colonial history and its legacies can be confronted and transformed through creative counter-monument practice by drawing on a number of contemporary Australian examples.

Further information
︎ Australian Centre Critical Public Conversations series: Undoing Australia