Title: From Position Doubtful to Ground Truthing
Ground truthing is the process of verifying through direct observation what has been inferred by other means. It is to walk the ground and see for oneself what is there.
The maps I make are a form of ground truthing – verifying and documenting what exists in certain places. A place can carry many truths, and it takes time and attention to discover even a few of them. Ground truthing for me begins with geography – the relationship between people and place – which brings into play science, stories, husbandry, history, metaphor and myth.
Maps document the space between image and text.
Kim Mahood is the author of the award-winning memoir Craft for a Dry Lake, (Random House 2000), and Position Doubtful, (Scribe 2016), which explores the relationships between Aboriginal and settler Australians, and between people, art and country in the Tanami Desert.
She has co-ordinated projects involving collaboration between Indigenous and non-indigenous artists, custodians and scientists, and facilitated cultural and environmental mapping projects with Aboriginal groups in the Kimberley, Central Australia and western NSW. She has worked in various capacities as a consultant, facilitator and writer for the Canning Stock Route art project, the Martu art project 'We Don't Need a Map', and the Seven Sisters Songlines project.
Her art practice explores the interface between Aboriginal and western representations of landscape/country, and includes collaborations with the Walmajarri painter Veronica Lulu, and artist/photographer the late Pamela Lofts. These collaborations explore the complexities and differences between embodied and mediated art practices.