Shadow on the Land: An Excavation and Bush Burial



Shadow on the Land: An Excavation and Bush Burial

Nicholas Galanin

2020

Cockatoo Island (Sydney, AU)


Public performance and installation


www.galan.in/


Shadow on the Land is a public intervention that envisions Indigenous futures in spite of colonization in Australia. In this piece, the land covered by the shadow of the colonial statue of Captain Cook is excavated deep enough for the actual statue to be able to be buried inside. Galanin imagines a future in which settler colonialism is no longer celebrated, the land begins its healing journey, and Indigenous cultures are reclaimed.

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