Rethinking the nation state, reactivating art—5 Objects with artist Alana Hunt

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For each episode of 5 Objects, we ask our guest to choose five pieces or items that have influenced their intellectual life and their work. These can be books, art, music, poetry, photographs, performance, a person, an event, or an experience. The choices then become the basis of a free-flowing conversation that discusses our guest’s life, their personal, political, and intellectual journeys and histories. 

For this episode, Suchitra Vijayan spoke to artist and writer Alana Hunt.

Alana Hunt is an award-winning artist and writer and her work is defined by her commitment to sensitively challenge ideas and histories in the public sphere and the social space between people. Alana lives on Miriwoong country in the north-west of Australia and has a long-standing relationship with South Asia, and more specifically Kashmir. These places have shaped her engagement with the violence that results from the fragility of nations and the aspirations and failures of colonial dreams. Her work has been acquired by Artbank and the Macquarie Group Collection.

You can learn about Alana’s work here

Alana’s 5 Objects 

1. Queen Liliuokalani’s Quilt. 

2. Statues also Die by Chris Marker, 1953. 

3. MSS Pandian’s course The politics of nation making. 

4. Gija and Miriwoong–people and places.

5. Kashmir, my first visit, and more after.

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