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Art History Lecture | Activating Archives with Dr. Anna Arabindan Kesson

Wednesday 21 April 2021, 06:00pm - 07:00pm

Activating Archives: Belvidere, Plantation Histories and Unfree Labour in the South West

Join Dr. Anna Arabindan-Kesson for a discussion on the history of the Belvidere estate and the unfree labourers - Noongar and South Asian - who worked for the Prinsep family. This talk will draw on archival material and art works to connect these men and women with these local landmarks. The talk also connects their stories to Indian Ocean networks of colonial commerce, and concludes with a reflection on how contemporary artists engage with the impact of these legacies on meanings of place, identity and history.

Anna Arabindan-Kesson is an assistant professor of Black Diasporic art with a joint appointment in the Departments of African American Studies and Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Western Australia. In her research and teaching she focuses on African American, Caribbean, and British Art, with an emphasis on histories of race, empire, and medicine. Her first book published with Duke University Press is called Black Bodies White Gold: Art, Cotton and Commerce in the Atlantic World.

When: 6pm to 7pm, Wednesday 21 April.

Cost: $25 plus booking fee.

Where: Bunbury Council Function Room | 4 Stephen St, Bunbury WA.

Please note: Places are limited and are expected to fill quickly.

Payment can be made at the BRAG Reception or online through Eventbrite. Please register attendance here: (link to be inserted on final plan)

For further information please contact BRAG Education Officer, Amber Norrish: (08) 9792 7321, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




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