This beautifully designed publication is richly illustrated throughout, featuring over 100 large-scale historical and contemporary images and illustrations. It includes original essays and interviews with leading Aboriginal writers including Bruce Pascoe – winner of two 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards – Jeanine Leane, Hetti Perkins and Uncle Stan Grant Sr AM, alongside Australian academics Ross Gibson, Peter Kohane and Ilaria Vanni Accarigi.
His artwork barrangal dyara (skin and bones) transforms Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden on its 200th anniversary. Jones’s project revives the vast 19th-century Garden Palace that housed Sydney’s International Exhibition, lost to fire in 1882, resulting in the destruction of countless Aboriginal objects held inside. It recovers the fragments of this lost story, and explores its intersecting histories, through an investigation of ideas around architecture, landscape, collection and display, language and cultural identity.