The Living Archive of Aboriginal Art (LAAA) is a project in its infancy. By focusing on the stories/storytelling connected to archived records (photos, artworks, documents etc), the project aims to centre Aboriginal perspectives about Aboriginal histories and culture. The Living Archive is a dynamic place, reflecting Aboriginal stories as ongoing and alive.

Maree Clarke is a Yorta Yorta/Wamba Wamba/Mutti Mutti/Boonwurrung artist. Her photographic collection is the first to make its way into the LAAA, which aims to preserve, circulate and link-up stories to 'things'. Here, a selection of Maree's photos provide stories about NAIDOC (National Aborigines and Islanders Day Observance Committee) activities in the early 1990s. They are among the earliest images taken by Maree during her photographic cadetship with the Victorian Women's Trust. A new series of photos, by Maree, of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protest in Melbourne/Naarm (June 2020) is also included, highlighting her ongoing commitment to record events of significance for her community.

This is a space where we hope the Aboriginal community can engage with the NAIDOC photographs in the exhibition, and the Maree Clarke Collection more broadly. To start exploring, click on the Exhibition and The Maree Clarke Collection links here or in menu above.

If you recognise anyone in these photographs, or have any stories to share about people in the photographs or events they depict, please let us know. To ensure people are correctly matched with images please complete the form in We need your help!


Maree Clarke, “M00000049 Photograph #17,” Living Archive of Aboriginal Art online exhibition.