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Marcia Langton

2009
Brook Andrew and Trent Walter (printer)

screenprint on paper (frame: 252.0 cm x 242.0 cm depth 7.1 cm)

Professor Marcia Langton AO (b. 1951), anthropologist, geographer and academic, is a descendant of the Yiman and Bidjara nations of Queensland. Langton is Associate Provost and Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne, and is a frank and forceful presence in the Australian media. Her Macquarie University doctoral fieldwork was conducted in eastern Cape York Peninsula during the 1990s, and her experience of the statutory land claim and native title system in this region was informed by a decade of administration and fieldwork pertaining to Aboriginal land rights in the Northern Territory. Langton has published widely on Aboriginal land tenure, agreement-making, art and film in publications including Burning Questions: Emerging Environmental Issues for Indigenous Peoples in Northern Australia (1998), Settling with Indigenous People (2006), The Quiet Revolution: Indigenous People and the Resources Boom (2013) and Welcome to Country: A Travel Guide to Indigenous Australia (2018).

Wiradjuri artist Brook Andrew placed Langton in a seated pose referring to her interest in Buddhism, developed while living in Asia in the early 1970s. He says that the black and white skulls signal the politics of humankind, and the radiant diamond-sun alludes to the sitter's work with Aboriginal communities and mining companies; but the symbols are deliberately open to interpretation. The overall feeling is one of dynamism and energy.

Commissioned with funds provided by Marilyn Darling AC 2009
© Brook Andrew

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Artist and subject

Brook Andrew (age 39 in 2009)

Trent Walter

Professor Marcia Langton AO (age 58 in 2009)

Subject professions

Education and research

Supported by

Marilyn Darling AC (30 portraits supported)

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Peace, the Man and Hope (Anthony Mundine), 2005 by Brook Andrew and Larry Rawling (printer)

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