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'Imagine the document you have before you is not a book, but a map. It is well-used, creased, and folded, so that when you open it, no matter how carefully, something tears, and a line that is neither latitude nor longitude opens in the hidden geography of the place you are about to enter.

'For the past twenty years, writer and artist Kim Mahood has been returning to roam the harsh and beautiful desert country in far north-western Australia where, as a child, she lived with her family on a remote cattle station. The land is timeless, but much has changed: the station has been handed back to its traditional landowners; the mining companies have arrived; and Indigenous art has flourished.

'By immersing herself in the life of a small community and its art centre, and in her ground-breaking mapping projects, Mahood has been seeking to understand her own place in the country she loves, and to find a bridge across the fault line between the profoundly disparate cultures that inhabit it.

'Position Doubtful is a meditation on that experience. Containing astonishing writing about art and landscape, it is a beautiful and intense exploration of memory and homecoming. Written with great energy, insight, and humour, Position Doubtful is a unique portrait of black-and-white relations in contemporary Australia.' (Publication summary)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Brunswick, Brunswick - Coburg area, Melbourne - North, Melbourne, Victoria,: Scribe , 2016 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 320p.
      Note/s:
      • Published 1 August 2016
      ISBN: 9781925321685

Works about this Work

Kim Mahood Susan Wyndham (interviewer), 2016 single work interview
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 20-21 August 2016; (p. 24) The Sydney Morning Herald , 20-21 August 2016; (p. 18)
Kim Mahood, Position Doubtful CG , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 20 August 2016;

— Review of Position Doubtful : Mapping Landscapes and Memories Kim Mahood 2016 single work autobiography
Memoir Bridges a Cultural Chasm Suzanne Leal , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 3-4 September 2016; (p. 21)

— Review of Position Doubtful : Mapping Landscapes and Memories Kim Mahood 2016 single work autobiography
Terra Incognita 2016 single work interview
— Appears in: Good Reading , August 2016; (p. 50-51)
'For many of us, the streets of London or New York are more familiar than the towns and settlements of the remote north and centre of our own country. But non-Indigenous artist and writer KIM MAHOOD, who spent many years of her childhood on a cattle station amid Indigenous lands, knows these parts of Australia well. In her new book, Position Doubtful, she recounts her frequent journeys from her home in Wamboin, near Canberra, back to Indigenous communities in NT and WA. We caught up with Kim in Alice Springs just as she was preparing to head out on a 1000 km road trip.'
A Tattoo of Movement Barry Hill , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 15-16 October 2016; (p. 23)

— Review of Position Doubtful : Mapping Landscapes and Memories Kim Mahood 2016 single work autobiography
Artist Maps the Desert on Her Skin Barry Hill , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15-16 October 2016; (p. 34)

— Review of Position Doubtful : Mapping Landscapes and Memories Kim Mahood 2016 single work autobiography
Binocular Vision Michael Winkler , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 384 2016; (p. 22)

— Review of Position Doubtful : Mapping Landscapes and Memories Kim Mahood 2016 single work autobiography
'At the bottom of one of Kim Mahood's desert watercolours, she scrawled, 'In the gap between two ways of seeing, the risk is that you see nothing clearly.' A risk for some, but not Mahood. Her work as a visual artist and writer attests to an eye that is unfailing and a lifetime of looking. The subtle gradations and veristic detail of Position Doubtful attest to sustained attentive observation.' (Introduction)
Review : Position Doubtful Kieran Finnane , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , October no. 127 2016; (p. 64)

— Review of Position Doubtful : Mapping Landscapes and Memories Kim Mahood 2016 single work autobiography
Kim Mahood, Position Doubtful CG , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 20 August 2016;

— Review of Position Doubtful : Mapping Landscapes and Memories Kim Mahood 2016 single work autobiography
Memoir Bridges a Cultural Chasm Suzanne Leal , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 3-4 September 2016; (p. 21)

— Review of Position Doubtful : Mapping Landscapes and Memories Kim Mahood 2016 single work autobiography
A Tattoo of Movement Barry Hill , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 15-16 October 2016; (p. 23)

— Review of Position Doubtful : Mapping Landscapes and Memories Kim Mahood 2016 single work autobiography
Artist Maps the Desert on Her Skin Barry Hill , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15-16 October 2016; (p. 34)

— Review of Position Doubtful : Mapping Landscapes and Memories Kim Mahood 2016 single work autobiography
Binocular Vision Michael Winkler , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , September no. 384 2016; (p. 22)

— Review of Position Doubtful : Mapping Landscapes and Memories Kim Mahood 2016 single work autobiography
'At the bottom of one of Kim Mahood's desert watercolours, she scrawled, 'In the gap between two ways of seeing, the risk is that you see nothing clearly.' A risk for some, but not Mahood. Her work as a visual artist and writer attests to an eye that is unfailing and a lifetime of looking. The subtle gradations and veristic detail of Position Doubtful attest to sustained attentive observation.' (Introduction)
Review : Position Doubtful Kieran Finnane , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Monthly , October no. 127 2016; (p. 64)

— Review of Position Doubtful : Mapping Landscapes and Memories Kim Mahood 2016 single work autobiography
Kim Mahood Susan Wyndham (interviewer), 2016 single work interview
— Appears in: The Saturday Age , 20-21 August 2016; (p. 24) The Sydney Morning Herald , 20-21 August 2016; (p. 18)
Terra Incognita 2016 single work interview
— Appears in: Good Reading , August 2016; (p. 50-51)
'For many of us, the streets of London or New York are more familiar than the towns and settlements of the remote north and centre of our own country. But non-Indigenous artist and writer KIM MAHOOD, who spent many years of her childhood on a cattle station amid Indigenous lands, knows these parts of Australia well. In her new book, Position Doubtful, she recounts her frequent journeys from her home in Wamboin, near Canberra, back to Indigenous communities in NT and WA. We caught up with Kim in Alice Springs just as she was preparing to head out on a 1000 km road trip.'
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