Still Our Country
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Although only 600kms from Darwin, Ramingining may as well be in a country other than Australia. It is persistently, almost wilfully, foreign. The people, of a strong, defiant tradition, often speak no English, and struggle to comprehend the madness of rapid change thrashing through their world order. In short, it makes Ramingining a wonderfully and enticingly bizarre, complex and challenging place, for the inhabitants and visitors alike. Still Our Country is an online installation which examines, largely visually, how the people in and around Ramininging township spend their time. It offers insight into the ways in which Yolngu culture continues to absorb and adapt to the dominant Balanda (white) culture, yet retain its own identity. On a more formal level as an experiential work, Still Our Country also considers the relationship between still and moving image and how each influences perception of the other.