What Lies Buried Rises
‘I want now to talk about the issues that have been important to my ancestors on this land.’
– Dianne Jones
In What Lies Buried Rises, curator Dianne Jones and artists, Della – a Balladong Noongar woman – and Genevieve Grieves, respond to the 1839 murder of white woman, Sarah Cook, and her child and in the small town of York, Western Australia. While no motive was ever recorded, two local Aboriginal men, Doodjeep and Barrabong were accused of the murder and hung and gibbetted for their crime. This murder and the events that followed, gave rise to the worst massacres in West Australian history.
Jones’ research of the incident has unearthed more questions than answers: Whose crimes are subject to investigation? Whose grief constructs memorials? Whose deaths matter?
By producing a series of photographs that respond to these questions and investigating her connection to York, Jones emotionally unearths the past and the legacy of the violent history of the land of her ancestors. She has invited her mother, Della, a Balladong Noongar artist, living in the York area to carve emu eggs and produce a series of paintings while media artist and filmmaker, Genevieve Grieves presents a film made in response to her visit to the site of Sarah Cook’s ruined cottage.
OPENING: Thursday 2 July, 6pm – 8pm
EXHIBITION: 3 July – 9 August
GENEVIEVE GRIEVES ARTIST TALK: Saturday 4 July, 2pm
VENUE: FCAC Roslyn Smorgon Gallery
Presented by Footscray Community Arts Centre
As part of NAIDOC Week program
1. Image by Genevieve Grieves