Event Resisting Archival Regimes of Carcerality

Resisting Archival Regimes of Carcerality


05 August 2023

Archives bring with them inherent possibilities for replicating carceral systems of power and control. In this discussion, Debbie Kilroy, Amy McQuire, Raphaela Rosella, and Chelsea Watego unearth creative approaches to confront such regimes in the arts, media, and the criminal legal system.


COVID-19 Advice

The IMA strongly encourages mask-wearing onsite in the galleries and for events to keep our community safe. If you are displaying symptoms of COVID-19 or are feeling unwell, please stay home. ⁠



We are committed to making the IMA accessible to people of all abilities, their families, and carers, as well as visitors of different ages and different backgrounds.

The gallery entrance is on the ground floor of the Judith Wright Arts Centre, on Berwick Street. There is wheelchair access and an accessible toilet with baby changing facilities also located on the ground floor, and we welcome guide and support dogs.

If you plan to attend this event and have specific support needs we can accommodate, please contact engagement@ima.org.au, call (07) 3252 5750, or ask our friendly staff on-site. Read our access information for visitors here.

  • Partner:

    Presented in partnership with Sisters Inside

Guest Info
  • Debbie Kilroy OAM is one of Australia’s leading advocates for criminalised women and children. She is the founder and CEO of Sisters Inside, an independent community organisation that advocates for the human rights of women and girls in the criminal legal system. In 2003, Kilroy was awarded the OAM for services to the community for working with women in prison, and in 2004, was awarded the National Human Rights Medal. In 2007, she became the first person with serious convictions to be admitted by the Supreme Court of Queensland to practice law.

    Amy McQuire is a Darumbal and South Sea Islander woman from Rockhampton in Central Queensland. She is a Poche Scholar and a PhD candidate within the School of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Queensland. McQuire’s research examines media representations of violence against Aboriginal women, and examines the media’s role in compounding violence in a settler-colonial society. She has 12 years experience working across a range of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal media organisations. Her writing has centred largely around the brutality within the justice system.

    Raphaela Rosella is an Italian-Australian artist based in Meanjin/Brisbane. She is a PhD candidate at the School of Art, RMIT University, Naarm Melbourne. Her collaborations have been presented in We Are Family, Photoquai, Paris, 2015; Engaged, Active, Aware: Women’s Perspectives Now, Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art, 2018; Regeneration 4: The Challenges of Photography and Its Museum for Tomorrow, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne, 2020; Not Standing Still: New Approaches in Documentary Photography, Monash Gallery of Art, Melbourne, 2021; and in We, Us, Them at Centre for Contemporary Photography, Melbourne, and Belfast Exposed Photography, 2022.

    Chelsea Watego is a Munanjahli and South Sea Islander woman with over 20 years of experience working within Indigenous health as a health worker and researcher. She is currently Professor of Indigenous Health at QUT’s School of Public Health and Social Work. She is a prolific writer and public intellectual, a founding board member of Inala Wangarra, an Indigenous community development association within her community, a Director of the Institute for Collaborative Race Research, was one half of the Wild Black Women radio/podcast show, and is a proud mum to her five children. Her debut book Another Day in the Colony was released in 2021 to critical acclaim, and in 2022, was longlisted for the Stella Prize.

Image: Raphaela Rosella with Dayannah Baker Barlow, Kathleen Duncan, Gillianne Laurie, Tammara Macrokanis, Amelia Rosella, Nunjul Townsend, Laurinda Whitton, Tricia Whitton, and family, ‘You'll Know It When You Feel It’ (installation view), 2011–2023. Photo: Louis Lim.

Related Exhibition
Similar Events

20 March 202120 Mar 2021

Book Launch and Panel

Architecture and Design in the Pyrocene

10 February 202410 Feb 2024

Love is the Message, The Message is Death

Roundtable Discussion

13 August 201513 Aug 2015

Patrick Staff

Artist Talk

26 September 201526 Sep 2015

What Can Art...?

With Ian McLean & Response by Richard Bell

03 June 202303 Jun 2023

Tara McDowell: The Mother Artist


28 January 202328 Jan 2023

Unmaking with Jessie French

Artist Demonstration