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Presented by Arts House
as part of
Refuge 2019: Displacement

Sat 31 Aug, 1.30pm
90 mins
Free, booking required

A Welcome to Country ceremony will be held prior to this session at 10.30am

Arts House
North Melbourne Town Hall
521 Queensberry St,
North Melbourne

Without our language, our knowledge and cultural identity becomes fragmented.

Control over language is intrinsically tied to colonial oppression and has been exercised through schooling. English has been used as a colonial tactic to erase and displace Indigenous languages across Australia, and beyond. How then do we shake off remnants of colonial control, and how do we embrace multiple languages and recover learnings? Is it possible to decolonise the English language?

Lost for words: Displacement through enforced and prioritised language is a session of the North Melbourne School of Displacement

Other sessions include:

Sat 31 Aug
10.30am Over Our Heads: Housing and Homelessness

Sun 1 Sep
10.30am In a Strange Land: How does culture survive when you can’t go home
1.30pm A billycan, a crowbar and an axe: Indigenous survival techniques for the apocalypse

Mon 2 Sep
6pm The future is Indigenous: Cultural change to survive a climate change world

Tue 3 Sep
6pm Not a drop to drink: Aqua nullius and global warming, securing First Nations water rights

North Melbourne School of Displacement by artist Keg de Souza has been co-programmed with Wirlomin Noongar collaborator Claire G. Coleman




Supported by – The City of Melbourne through Arts House. Redfern School of Displacement was first presented as part of the 20th Biennale of Sydney (2016)

Image by – Document Photography