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Uninnocent Landscapes: Following George Augustus Robinson’s Big River Mission by Ian Terry is the result of two years spent combining landscape photography and historical enquiry seeking answers to the myriad questions Ian found himself asking while he traced the path of George Augustus Robinson on his now infamous Big River Mission in 1831. Questions such as: What memories do the landscapes of lutruwita/Tasmania hold? What stories are embedded in the rocks, the trees and grasses, the waters of rivers and lagoons? What could the landscape tell us about invasion, colonisation and the destruction of First People’s life and culture? What could it tell us about our own lives here on this island?
Together with over fifty sharply observed and carefully crafted black and white tritone images, Uninnocent Landscapes features an introduction by Tasmanian art historian, curator and essayist Greg Lehman and essays by Rebecca Digney, Roderic O’Connor, Nunami Sculthorpe-Green and Ian himself. These provide an invitation for open and honest dialogue to better understand the past and current impacts of invasion and colonisation of lutruwita in general and of George Augustus Robinson’s ‘Friendly Mission’ in particular.
Ian Terry grew up in Queensland and Sydney, and relocated to lutruwita in 1984 and immediately felt at home on this beautiful island. He has worked as a bushwalking, cycling and rafting guide, national park ranger, freelance historian and heritage consultant, and most recently curator of history at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. Ian lives in nipaluna.
Ian will be joined by Nunami Sculthorpe-Green, contributor to the book, activist/artist and proud palawa and Warlpiri woman.
The conversation will be moderated by researcher and non-fiction writer, Stephenie Cahalan.
Join them at the Afterword Café.
*All proceeds from the book and Ian’s accompanying exhibition will be donated to the Aboriginal Land Council of Tasmania’s Giving Land Back fund.