Grounded in Place Symposium

Grounded in Place Symposium

Grounded in Place - Day 1

Dialogues Between First Nations Artists
  • Thu 7 - Sat 9 Oct
  • Virtual Event
  • Free
  • 3 Day Virtual Symposium
  • All Day Event
  • Presented by Queensland University of Technology
  • Partners National Museum of Prehistory (Taiwan) and The Govett Brewster Art Gallery / Len Lye Centre

This online symposium is a conversation between 15 First Nations artists, curators, and filmmakers, along with non-Indigenous scholars and museum professionals. It offers a space where First Nations creative practitioners who have not met, can gather, share ideas and insights, and develop connections.

Day 1: The first day of the Grounded in Place Symposium presents free online screenings of several award-winning documentary films by First Nations film directors from Australia, Taiwan, and Aotearoa.

The screenings will be available to attendees from the 7th - 9th of October.


Maralinga Tjarutja (2020)
Director: Larissa Behrendt
Running time: 52 minutes

Written and directed by Larissa Behrendt, Maralinga Tjarutja focuses on the Maralinga people, whohave lived on their lands for over 60,000 years, and the colonising forces that led to the institutionalisation of the Maralinga people in the Ooldea Mission in the 1920s. This forced dispossession intensified through the use of their lands for the British Nuclear Test Program between 1953 and 1963. The Maralinga people fought for the clean-up of the radioactive and other contamination, for compensation, and for the handback in 2009 of the Maralinga Village and Test Sites.

Where Has the Land Gone? (土地 到哪 裏去 了?) (1997)
Director: Pilin Yapu/比令.亞布
Running Time: 34 minutes

Mabanan is an Atayal settlement in Miaoli County, where the filmmaker was born. During the Japanese colonial rule of Taiwan, most of the indigenous community's land was seized and registered as state-owned forest. Later, the Kuomintang (KMT) government imposed even more restrictions on the use ofthe land. How would the Mabanan community reclaim their homeland when the government still refused to recognise proof of residence of their ancestors?

Bastion Point—Day 507 (1980)
Directors: Merata Mita, Leon Narby and Gerd Pohlman
Running Time: 27 minutes

Merata Mita, Leon Narby and Gerd Pohlman’s powerful documentary Bastion Point - Day 507 depicts the eviction of protestors from Bastion Point, Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland, during the struggle for Māori land rights. Restored by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision.

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Event Info

Govett-Brewster Art Gallery Queensland University of Technology National Museum of Prehistory Spotlight Taiwan