Activity: Community Talks, Presentations, Exhibitions and Events › Public lecture/debate/seminar
This NAIDOC webinar was organised in collaboration with Rumata’ Artspace and the Australian Consulate-General Makassar to celebrate the historical links between Makassan trepangers and the Yolŋu People of north-eastern Arnhem Land.
The webinar explored shared Makassar-Yolŋu history dating back to the 1700s and featured a keynote lecture by Professor Lynette Russell AM (Chief Investigator, Laureate Global Encounters, Monash Indigenous Studies Centre), presentations by Lily Yulianti Farid PhD (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Monash Indigenous Studies Centre), Fikri Yathir (In-country Research Assistant, Monash Indigenous Studies Centre) and Andi Buyung Saputra (Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Sulawesi Selatan or South Sulawesi Indigenous Peoples’ Alliance).
The virtual art exhibition showcased the artwork of Makassan and Yolŋu artists through a virtual tour of Rumata’ Artspace in Makassar (hosted by Febri Hasanah) and the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Art Centre in Yirrkala (hosted by Siena Stubbs), where the audience learned about the influence of historical trade and maritime cooperation with Makassan trepangers on the artwork of Yolŋu artists. Following the virtual tour, a group of Indonesian graphic artists hosted a storytelling and artist conversation session based on a series of graphic novels depicting Makassar-Yolŋu interactions using the Japanese animation sub-culture ‘hetalia’.
The 2020 NAIDOC theme - "Always Was, Always Will Be"