Retrieving an archive: Brook Andrew and William Blandowski's Australien in 142 Photographischen Abbildungen

Heckenberg, Kerry (2014) Retrieving an archive: Brook Andrew and William Blandowski's Australien in 142 Photographischen Abbildungen. Journal of Art Historiography, 11: .

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Author Heckenberg, Kerry
Title Retrieving an archive: Brook Andrew and William Blandowski's Australien in 142 Photographischen Abbildungen
Journal name Journal of Art Historiography   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2042-4752
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
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Issue 11
Total pages 18
Place of publication Birmingham,United Kingdom
Publisher University of Birmingham
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Much of the critical response to Brook Andrew’s reinterpretation of images from a colonial archive in his 2008 series The Island situated the work in a tradition of post-colonial critique of documentary images. But is this an adequate account of either Andrew’s work or the archive in question, William Blandowski’s Australien in 142 Photographischen Abbildungen (1862)? This essay looks at practices involving copying and their impact on understandings of authenticity, the role of art in science, the nature of the observer and visual communication in relation to the broad scope of Blandowski’s archive, but particularly with regard to Andrew’s intervention in it. By examining the way that the past is brought into the present in the Island series, this essay seeks to facilitate a more richly nuanced understanding of these works that is cognizant of the historical issues involved.
Keyword William Blandowski
Brook Andrew
Archival art
Historiography
Contemporary Aboriginal art
Colonial illustration
Art and science
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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