In a world of alternative facts, how do we establish the boundaries of objective truth? Join Yorta Yorta/Gunaikurnai theatremaker Andrea James, the creator of Sunshine Super Girl, in a timely discussion about how we remember, how we commemorate and why we build monuments in a post-truth world.
This forum explores the different notions of truth-telling, especially how this relates to memorials and the role of the media in constructing narratives.
Amid recent debates over the Captain Cook statue in Sydney and the Djab Wurrung birthing trees in western Victoria, some pointed questions emerge. Do we value First Nations memorials in the same way as the colonial statues that line our public gardens? Monuments have long been built to preserve and glorify culture. But how do we evaluate the importance of the stories we choose to elevate for future generations?
Moderator Distinguished Professor Larissa Behrendt (UTS)
Panellists Andrea James (Artist – Sunshine Super Girl) Lindon Coombes (UTS Professor, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education & Research) Chris Masters (Five-time Walkleys Masters award-winning investigative journalist)
This event will be livestreamed via Sydney Festival. A link to the livestream will be sent by email prior to the event.