Magazine article New Internationalist

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Magazine article New Internationalist

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by Kim Mahood (Scribe Publications, ISBN 9781925228946)

Artist and writer Kim Mahood grew up in the Tanami desert in northwestern Australia where, during her childhood, her father managed a remote cattle station. For many years she has made return trips to this harsh but beautiful landscape to document the changes in the terrain and the people who live there. The cattle station is gone, victim of fickle climate conditions and the vagaries of poor management. The land has been given back to its indigenous owners and the arrival of a mining concern brings the prospect of wealth but also of community disruption.

In a series of essays which cover the period from 1996 to 2014, Mahood records her experiences as an artist and an individual as she attempts to reconnect with the land and its people. As she says, 'the gap between the urban, Eurocentric, heavily populated, southeast corner of the continent and the remote, predominantly Aboriginal, barely sustainable, thinly populated pocket of desert, is the space in which my writing and my art practice are made. …

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