Art of Peace: New Perspectives in Visual Art on Peacekeeping from the 1990s

Art History_2023_04_07 Claire Robers
07 Apr 2023 02.30 PM - 03.30 PM SHHK Meeting Room 1 Alumni, Current Students, Industry/Academic Partners, Prospective Students, Public
Organised by:
Roger Nelson

This talk will present a section of Art of Peace, a research project funded by the Australian Research Council. This work in progress investigates the important role of contemporary art in relation to Australia’s engagement in international peacekeeping. Australians tend to see their troops sent overseas as peacekeepers and nation builders, a perception reinforced by ‘peacekeeping art’, such as in work by Wendy Sharpe, eX De Medici or George Gittoes, who have created powerful and memorable images. Yet, something crucial is missing from the established visual narratives surrounding peacekeeping – what of the art that arises from within these war zones, the work of artists in the countries subjected to Australian peacekeeping, whose art emerges from those war zones? After the troops, the press photographers and the western war artists have moved on, how do artists in the former war zones address the aftermath in the decades that follow? How do those artists visualise past peacekeeping missions? 


WULAN DIRGANTORO (University of Melbourne)

Wulan Dirgantoro is a lecturer in the Art History and Curatorship program at the School of Culture and Communication, the University of Melbourne. Her research interests are gender, trauma and memory in Indonesian modern and contemporary art. Her publications include Feminisms and Indonesian Contemporary Art: Defining Experiences (Amsterdam University Press 2017) and ‘After 1965: Historical Violence and Strategies of Representation in Indonesian Visual Arts’ in Living Art: Indonesian Artists Engage Politics, Society and History, Elly Kent, Virginia Hooker and Caroline Turner (eds.), Canberra: ANU Press, pp. 273-293.  Prior to her current role, Wulan was a lecturer at the MA Asian Art Histories program at Lasalle College of the Arts, Singapore.