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Living in Their Times reflects on the lineage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination and activism that both preceded and followed the landmark 1967 Referendum, in which Australians voted to formally remove passages from the Australian constitution that discriminated against Aboriginal people. Curated by Djon Mundine OAM, the program will activate several sites across the UTS campus with diverse stories. Larissa Behrendt, Director of Research at Jumbunna Institute states, ‘Jumbunna is proud to be supporting this important event that will allow for thoughtful reflection on the 1967 referendum through Djon Mundine’s creative vision.’ UTS ART and Jumbunna Institute are pleased to invite you to join us for a day of stories to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum, a landmark moment which saw Australians vote to remove passages of the Constitution that discriminated against Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This event is part of National Reconciliation Week 2017.

The program will include a restaging of Bungaree’s Farm, an immersive three channel video installation reflecting on the life of Bungaree, an important Aboriginal figure in colonial Australia and the first person to be referred to as an ‘Australian’. First staged at Mosman Art Gallery in 2015, this unique collaborative project led by Djon Mundine OAM explored the legacy of Bungaree through contributions by contemporary Indigenous artists including Daniel Boyd, Jason Wing, Peter McKenzie, Leanne Tobin, Amala Groom, BLAK Douglas (Adam Hill), Leah Flanagan, Sandy Woods, Chantelle Woods, Caroline Oakley, Bjorn Stewart, Karla Dickens and Warwick Keen.

Accompanying the special screening of Bungaree’s Farm will be a film program of shorts, documentaries and features curated by filmmaker and programmer Pauline Clague. This film selection will delve deeper into the diverse lives and times of Aboriginal people in the fight for self-determination and the continuation of sovereignty, and will include work by Darlene Johnson.

Mundine will also curate a display of works by the late Robert Campbell Jnr. (1944-1993), whose work captured his experience of discrimination growing up and living in the mid-North Coast region of New South Wales. In Campbell Jnr’s own words, ‘I paint about things that touch me personally – whatever has happened in my lifetime … When we were on the mission the old people were not allowed to talk the lingo – not allowed to teach us, they were too afraid they would be sent away.’ These important works will be displayed alongside a new installation inspired by Campbell Jnr.’s uniquely stylised human figures, creating a monumental presence in the central foyer of the UTS Tower building. These works will be on display until August 2017.

About the Event:

Living in Their Times activates four sites across UTS:

    • Bon Marche Studio | Bungaree’s Farm, an immersive 3-channel video installation. Screenings on the hour: 1pm – 7pm. Curator talk: 1:45pm.
    • University Hall | Stories of Resistance: Aboriginal Film Showcase, a program of short films and documentaries selected by Pauline Clague. Screenings 2:15pm – 7pm. Session times listed below.
    • UTS Tower Foyer | Robert Campbell Jnr., a display of works by the late artist, and a new installation inspired by his figures. All day.
    • UTS Gallery | Impact, a touring exhibition from Cairns Art Gallery, featuring work by Michael Cook, Fiona Foley, Taloi Havini and Angela Tiatia. 12 – 4pm.

Full program:

The program is available in three formats: as a print version available at event venues; as a web version available below via Issuu and as a PDF.

Living in Their Times program – PDF


Stories of Resistance – Aboriginal Film Showcase: University Hall

Session Times:

2pm – 3:30pm: Stories of the Past (Short Films)

1. Under Skin, In Blood

Writer/Director: Larissa Berhendt
Producer: John Harvey
Running Time: 12 minutes
A woman attempts to cling onto her memories of happier times with her husband and son before asbestos riddled their town.

2. Black Chook
Writer: Bruce Pascoe
Director: Dylan River
Producer: Belinda Mravicic
Running time:11 minutes
They were Australia’s bad days. Men killed other men and laughed. All that was left for the children of the dead was to remember, if they had strength.

3. The Farm
Writer/Director: Romaine Moreton
Producer: John Harvey
Running Time: 11 minutes
A young girl named Olivia longs to know the people who came before her, promptinglandscape imbued with mystery and treasure, urging her mother Lauren to confront her own beliefs when faced with living histories woven throughout the countryside.

4. Two Bob Mermaid
Writer/Director: Darlene Johnson
Producer: Antonia Barnard
Running Time: 15 minutes
The year is 1956 and Aboriginal Australians are not allowed to swim in public swimming pools. A fair-skinned Aboriginal girl who passes off as white goes to the local pool. A film about identity.

5.  Sisters in the Black Movement
Director: Lou Glover
Producer: Pauline Clague
Running Time 26 minutes
On 27 May 1967, Australian citizens voted to include Aboriginal people in the census, and to allocate Commonwealth funding towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. This documentary talks to the women who were a part of the movement leading up to the referendum about their experiences at that time.

4pm: Documentary

The Redfern Story
Writer/Director: Darlene Johnson
Producer: Sue Milliken and Darlene Johnson
Running Time: 57 minutes
A tribute to the deadly trailblazers who fought for land rights and social justice and who made a lasting impact on national politics, social welfare and the Australian arts scene. The Redfern Story documents the efforts made through activism and theatre to bring the cause of indigenous people to public notice, as a first step towards gaining land rights and better treatment. With theatre, dance and song as powerful political tools, Redfern became a thriving and vibrant melting pot of politics, art and creativity.


6pm – 7pm: Songlines: Stories of our creation and connection

Director: Cornel Ozies
13 minutes
The Marella (Emu Man) Songline is from the Djugan Country, which starts at Gantheaume Point in Broome, and travels through the Dampier, crosses the sea to Kulumburru and on to Uluru.

Director: Kimberley West
9 minutes
A story from the Bugarregarre time (the Dreamtime) when the spirit beings came out of the ocean, and woke up the silent, barren land as they moved from Dabberdabbergun in the west to the land of the rising sun, creating life and importantly, water, as they travel.

Ngapa Jukurrpa – A Water Songline
Directors: Wanta Jampijimpa Patrick & Jeff Bruer
Producer: Jeff Bruer
34 minutes
Warlpiri people have unlocked the secrets of using fire to induce large quantities of rainfall, something which Western science says can’t be done. Co- Director and Presenter Wanta Jampijinpa Patrick reveals the traditional knowledge behind this amazing skill.





University of Technology Sydney: UTS ART; Jumbunna Institute


Event Map:

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Download a copy of the Event Map (PDF)



UTS Tower Foyer, Bon Marche Studio, University Hall and UTS Gallery are all wheelchair accessible. Accessible toilets, lifts and other facilities can be located using the UTS Maps page. Please contact us at utsgallery@uts.edu.au with any accessibility enquiries.

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