Seeing the invisible: Yolngu video as revelatory ritual

Jennifer Deger

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Abstract

This paper describes a video conceived and codirected by a first-time Yolngu video-maker, Bangana Wunungmurra. Made in local languages and in accordance with indigenous protocols and priorities, the video, Gularri: That Brings Unity, works to reproduce the potent, socially constitutive effects of highly restricted revelatory ritual - for an unrestricted television audience. The paper explores how, under Yolngu direction, the video camera becomes a powerful technology for mediating the relationship between the inside and outside of things, the sacred and the public, the invisible and the visible, thereby challenging conventional Western understandings of image-making and spectatorship, representation, and "cultural resistance".

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-121
Number of pages19
JournalVisual Anthropology
Volume20
Issue number2-3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2007
Externally publishedYes

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