Issue Details: First known date: 2005... 2005 Resistant Images: Official Amnesias and Performances of Memory in the Top End
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'In Darwin, community performances and postcolonial issues intersect vibrantly to create a form of what Barbara Harlow has termed "resistance literature," genres that rewrite history form the bottom and that counter the attempted erasures of official historiographies. Such Foucaldian amnesias have been vividly contested in recent years by indigenous performances of dance and drama that inscribe histories by painting their images onto dancing, singing and acting bodies in order to remember. These performances resist official forgettings, both of the cultural losses caused by enforced resettlement in "Ngapa: Rainstorm Dreaming", and of the extent of World War II Japanese raids in the "Bombing of Darwin". Performed respectively by the Lajamanu community with Darwin's Tracksdance and the Tiwi Island Dancers, these indigenous productions kept alive in Top End memory histories that were curiously suppressed in Darwin museum display and public memorials.' Source: (Sighted 07/01/2009).

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117-123 Resistant Images: Official Amnesias and Performances of Memory in the Top EndAustLit Australasian Drama Studies
  • Darwin area, Northern Territory,
  • Top End, Northern Territory,
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