CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED TO REMOVE MIRANDA FROM HANGING ROCK
At Hanging Rock a myth of vanishing white schoolgirls is obsessively retold while the actual removal and displacement of Aboriginal people and culture is actively ignored.
Hanging Rock is effectively haunted by a convenient fiction rather than an uncomfortable fact.
In response, artist and researcher Amy Spiers has initiated the “Miranda Must Go” campaign. Inspired by decolonial and anti-racism campaigns, such as Rhodes Must Fall, the campaign seeks to challenge the habitual retelling of the Picnic at Hanging Rock story at Hanging Rock. The goal of removing pervasive associations to Joan Lindsay’s novel, and its main character Miranda, is to prompt questions and public debate about the dominant culture’s obsession with fictional white vanishing and direct attention to the real Aboriginal losses and traumas at Hanging Rock.
This year is the 50th Anniversary of Picnic at Hanging Rock’s publication so this campaign is timely.
Over the coming weeks Amy, with the help of supporters, community groups and local people who live around Hanging Rock, will roll out the Miranda Must Go campaign. We will distribute posters and leaflets throughout the region, take out ads promoting the campaign in local newspapers and run an action at Hanging Rock on 14 February (Valentine’s Day is the day the schoolgirls go missing in Lindsay’s novel) to bring attention to the campaign’s concerns.
We are inviting people support the campaign and help ensure it gains visibility and captures the public imagination.
For more information about the campaign go to: www.mirandamustgo.info
How you can help:
Show your support – give a donation to help fund the public outcomes of this campaign. Rewards include Miranda Must Go t-shirts, posters and signs: https://www.gofundme.co
Save the date – take your valentine to a Miranda Must Go event at Hanging Rock on Tuesday 14 February 2017. More details to come.
Connect – Join the campaign on Facebook (www.facebook.com/mirandamustg
Share – Tell your friends, particularly friends who live around Hanging Rock, about the Miranda Must Go campaign. Use the hashtag #MirandaMustGo when sharing the campaign on social media.