Naming and Identity – A Free Public Lecture at the John Curtin Gallery

Media release

C125/08

30 April 2008
Naming and Identity – A Free Public Lecture at the John Curtin Gallery
Wednesday 14 May 2008, 12.30pm
John Curtin Gallery, Building 200
Curtin’s Bentley Campus
Kent Street, Bentley

The John Curtin Gallery will present a free lunchtime talk on Wednesday 14 May at 12.30pm by Aileen Marwung Walsh from the Department of History, UWA.
Aileen, who is studying for her doctorate, will discuss two aspects of her research on the naming of Aboriginal People in Western Australia.

Ms Marwung Walsh will explain how in the aboriginal community, people often think they know where a name comes from, whether it is a specific town, or whether it is a Nyoongar name or not. However, family names have actually moved and don’t necessarily indicate the ancestry or country of origin of a family due to the removal and transplanting of families from their country.

The John Curtin Gallery is currently presenting Brook Andrew: Eye to Eye, as part of FotoFreo 2008. The exhibition spans the artist’s practice over the past decade.
Andrew has created a powerful body of work that challenges dominant points of view regarding Indigenous people and issues of identity, history, traditional culture and language.

Presenting partners: Penrith Regional Gallery & the Lewers Bequest and the John Curtin Gallery.
A Monash University Museum of Art Touring Exhibition.
University partner: Centre for Aboriginal Studies.

The John Curtin Gallery is open to the public and entry is free. Opening hours are between 12pm and 5pm Monday to Friday.
The Gallery will also be open from 1pm to 4pm on 25 May as part of its Sunday@Curtin events.