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Source to Subject: Fiona Foley’s Evolving Use of Archives

Department of History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA
Note: Marina Tyquiengco is a CHamoru scholar of contemporary Indigenous art. She wrote her master’s thesis in 2016 on reuse of ethnographic photography by contemporary Aboriginal artists. Her dissertation project, also at the University of Pittsburgh, explores embodiment as a central feature of the work of four contemporary Indigenous artists. Her article “Black Velvet: Aboriginal Womanhood in the Art of Fiona Foley” examines Foley’s works titled Black Velvet from 1996–2017 and was published in Feminist Studies. She is currently working with Foley on an entry about her artwork for the National Gallery of Australia. In fall 2020, she will teach a course on Indigenous Art at Brown University.
Genealogy 2020, 4(3), 76;
Received: 24 June 2020 / Revised: 3 July 2020 / Accepted: 3 July 2020 / Published: 9 July 2020
Since the 1980s, multidisciplinary artist Fiona Foley has created compelling art referencing her history, Aboriginal art, and her Badtjala heritage. In this brief essay, the author discusses an early series of Foley’s work in relation to ethnographic photography. This series connects to the wider trend of Indigenous artists creating art out of 19th century photographs intended for distribution to non-Indigenous audiences. By considering this earlier series of her work, this text considers Foley’s growth as a truly contemporary artist who uses the past as inspiration, invoking complicated moments of encounter between Europeans and Aboriginal Australians and their afterimages. View Full-Text
Keywords: photography; Fraser Island; Badtjala; contemporary art photography; Fraser Island; Badtjala; contemporary art
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