Event Natalie Harkin: 'Archival-Poetics'

Natalie Harkin: 'Archival-Poetics'

Reading and Listening Group

12 Aug. 2021 6–7pm 26 Aug. 2021 6–7pm 9 Sep. 2021 6–7pm

Join us for a series of three reading and listening group sessions occurring throughout Yhonnie Scarce’s exhibition Missile Park. Each of the three sessions will explore one chapbook from Narungga woman and activist-poet Dr. Natalie Harkin’s three-part publication Archival-Poetics.

Immersed in the gallery space, we will take turns to read the poetry of Dr. Harkin out loud to share and explore these words together. No prior preparation is required and you can join as a reader, or listener, or both.

Join us for one session, two, or all three—a communal copy of the book will be provided for these sessions. If you’d like to pick up your own copy you can purchase limited stock from the IMA Gallery Shop.


Week 1: Colonial Archive
Thursday 12 August, 6–7pm [NEW DATE]
In Colonial Archive, a small spotlight is shone unto the state—its institutions, systems, and processes that generate and maintain fantasy-discourses and representations that silence suppress and exclude. Do counter-narratives repatriate ‘something else’? Can new offerings carry us forward and beyond the colonial archive?

Week 2: Haunting
Thursday 26 August, 6–7pm
In Haunting, we open ourselves to the uncanny, to the spectres of Colonialism that are acutely felt and known. Presence here bears witness to absence, to the unfinished. To escape, to abscond, is not without restless wandering. What lies between history’s gaps/ silences / absences/ and active erasures? What lies beyond?

Week 3: Blood Memory
Thursday 9 September, 6–7pm
In Blood Memory, we are prepared by warning—by blood-memory lessons that are embodied and embody, that remember and re-member. There is a timelessness that is unending, a poetic journey without beginning or end. Is it here that we listen to our blood?

About Archival Poetics
Dr. Natalie Harkin’s Archival-Poetics is an embodied reckoning with the State’s colonial archive and the traumatic, contested, and buried episodes of history that inevitably return to haunt. Although Archival-Poetics engages ways of knowing and being that guide us toward something restorative, transformative, honouring and/or just, there persists questions surrounding surveillance, representation and agency.

At the heart of Dr. Harkin’s work lies family records—personal and familial accounts that highlight historical policy measures that targeted Aboriginal girls for removal into indentured domestic labour. This is a shared story: a decolonising project that emerges through poetic refusal, resistance and memory-making. It is our memory that is carried in the blood, and it does not always flow easily.

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Related Exhibition

Yhonnie Scarce

Missile Park

17 Jul–18 Sep 2021

The Institute of Modern Art acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land upon which the IMA now stands, the Jagera, Yuggera, Yugarapul, and Turrbal people. We offer our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the first artists of this country. In the spirit of allyship, the IMA will continue to work with First Nations people to celebrate, support, and present their immense past, present, and future contribution to artistic practice and cultural expression.