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How many times can the same image change? The history of the image in Murujuga

Gonzalez Zarandona, Jose Antonio 2012, How many times can the same image change? The history of the image in Murujuga, International journal of the image, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 95-110, doi: 10.18848/2154-8560/CGP.

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Title How many times can the same image change? The history of the image in Murujuga
Author(s) Gonzalez Zarandona, Jose Antonio
Journal name International journal of the image
Volume number 2
Issue number 4
Start page 95
End page 110
Total pages 16
Publisher Common Ground Publishing
Place of publication Champaign, Ill.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 2154-8560
Keyword(s) destruction
heritage
colonialism
Murujuga
Summary In this paper, I will analyze the history of the image in Murujuga, located in Western Australia, through three stages: creation, preservation and destruction. I will argue that each stage is linked to a turning point in the history of Australia. The first stage is linked to the Dreamtime, a time where Aboriginal cosmology sets the origin of the world. The second stage is linked to the arrival of the white settlers and colonialist practices, where surprisingly the images were neither appropriated nor destroyed, but neglected. The third stage is linked to destruction, where the Aboriginal images from Murujuga does not find a place, and instead are excluded from the multicultural frame of heritage, that Australia boasts. The conclusion will give me the opportunity to discuss how these changes have affected the meaning and perception of these specific images (Aboriginal rock art), by contesting the concept of heritage.
Language eng
DOI 10.18848/2154-8560/CGP
Field of Research 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
Socio Economic Objective 950201 Communication Across Languages and Culture
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011-2012, The Author
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079907

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