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Scholar Talk: Birds through art
With Fernando do Campo
The Laughing Kookaburra was introduced into Tasmania and WA between 1881-1906 by Acclimatisation Societies. This arguably nationalistic gesture predates Australian Federation and offers a critical insight into how the colony defined the animal. This talk will use collection material from the Mitchell Library, as well as other Australian collections to discuss this narrative alongside a recent contemporary artwork ‘The Kookaburra Self Relocation Project’ presented at the Mona Foma Festival, Tasmania in January 2020.
Fernando do Campo is an artist and lecturer at UNSW Art & Design, Sydney. Prior to this, he was the assistant curator to The New School Art Collection, New York. His research and projects engage with archival collections and public spaces to re-narrate the interwoven histories of birds and humans. He has presented solo exhibitions in the USA and Australia and group exhibitions internationally. He was recently commissioned by Contemporary Arts Tasmania (CAT) to present a major project on kookaburras as part of Mona Foma 2020.