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Megan COPE

Quandamooka people

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia born 1982

Toponymic interventions # 3 2014 Description: Master
Place made: Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Materials & Technique: audiovisual, multimedia, single channel video

Dimensions: duration
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2016
Accession No: NGA 2016.224
  • Purchased 2016

Cope's series of interventions were shot with time-lapse photography on the Gold Coast with the assistance of cinematographer, Adric Watson. Cope has worked in the past primarily as a painter, using historical maps as her source material and reimagining them by adding additional layers with local Aboriginal names and places, identifying places as they were by the original inhabitants. The video works are an extension of this work, still overlaying landscape but in a different way. Cope elaborates that through the works she 'seeks to challenge ordinary Australians' ideas of ownership, particularly in the urban environment. By projecting Aboriginal place names and also language groups onto built and natural surfaces in sites significant to Aboriginal people, these works seek to decolonise the familiar and present a duality of space, cultural connections and our sense of time'.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra