University of New South Wales Faculty of Law Research Series
Last Updated: 20 January 2011
Framing the Crimes of Colonialism: Critical Images of Aboriginal Art and Law
Chris Cunneen, James Cook University, University of New South Wales
This paper is available for download at http://law.bepress.com/unswwps/flrps11/art5/
This chapter was published in Hayward, K. and Presdee, M. (eds) Framing Crime: Cultural Criminology and the Image, pp115-137, Routledge, London, 2010.
This chapter considers images of crime and law, and what we, through the lens of cultural criminology, might learn of the nature and experiences of crime represented through the image. The images considered in this chapter are particular: Australian Aboriginal art. These artworks function on two levels, as an expression of Aboriginal law and, more extensively, as a critique of the imposed colonial law. Both in traditional and contemporary society, Aboriginal art is a powerful medium for expressing Aboriginal law and culture.