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Pemulwuy and The Naming of Things | Darrin Baker

by Beth Sorensen
Pemulwuy and The Naming of Things | Darrin Baker

The Leo Kelly Blacktown Arts Centre
13 February to 27 March 2021
Free admission
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Who was Pemulwuy? Why was a suburb named after him? Where did he come from? When did he live and how is he connected to this land?

Film, video and sound artist Darrin Baker explores the history of the western Sydney suburb Pemulwuy – and the stories of the Bidjigal man and resistance leader for whom the suburb is named – in this multiscreen, surround sound installation. Baker interweaves animation and fictional recreations with documentary interviews with traditional knowledge holders, to unpack the history and legacy of Pemulwuy the man, the guerrilla warrior legend and the suburb named in his honour.

Pemulwuy and The Naming of Things is part of our ongoing Terra inFirma program.

Image: This engraving by James Grant of ‘Pimbloy’ is believed to be the only known depiction of Pemulwuy (illustration courtesy National Library of Australia, from Grant’s ‘The narrative of a voyage of discovery, performed in His Majesty’s vessel the Lady Nelson, of sixty tons burthen, with sliding keels, in the years 1800, 1801 and 1802, to New South Wales’, 1803 – nla.cat-vn2312357)