Still in my mind: Gurindji location, experience and visuality
Thurs, 4 May, 6-8pm
- When 5 May - 29 Jul 2017
CNR OXFORD ST & GREENS RD PADDINGTON NSW 2021
TUES TO SAT, 10AM-5PM
+61 2 8936 0888
Inspired by the words of revered Indigenous leader Vincent Lingiari, ‘that land ... I still got it on my mind’, this exhibition considers the ongoing impact of the Gurindji Walk-Off, a seminal event in Australian history that continues to resonate today. The Walk-Off, a nine-year act of self-determination that began in 1966 and sparked the national land rights movement, was led by Lingiari and countrymen and women working at Wave Hill Station (Jinparrak) in the Northern Territory.
The 50th anniversary of the Gurindji Walk-Off in 2016 serves as a key focal element, from which curator and participating artist Brenda L Croft has developed the exhibition through long-standing practice-led research with her patrilineal community and Karungkarni Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation. Lingiari’s statement is the exhibition’s touchstone, the story reviewed from diverse, yet interlinked Indigenous perspectives. Still in my mind includes photographs and experimental multi-channel video installation, history paintings, digital platforms and archives, revealing the way Gurindji community members maintain cultural practices and kinship connections to keep this history present.
Developed in partnership with, Karungkarni Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation, National Institute for Experimental Arts, ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language and UQ Art Museum.
Curated by Brenda L Croft.
Still in my mind – collaboration: from whose perspective and on whose terms?
Friday 5 May, 11.30am
What is collaboration? This forum centres on inter- and intra-cultural collaboration, which is a representational keystone of Still in my mind. Representatives engaged in Still in my mind discuss their distinct and interlinked roles in the creative-led aspects of this project.
Chaired by Brenda L Croft
Gurindji community member, artist, curator and researcher
Leah Leaman Namija
Gurindji community member, artist knowledge holder and translator
Senior Research Fellow, School of Languages and Cultures, University of Queensland
Senior Cultural Officer, Kalkaringji Education Council, Gurindji community member and knowledge holde
Manager, Kaungkarni Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation
Maurie Ryan Japarta
Indigenous rights activist, Gurindji community member, Chair of NT Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation
Gurindji community member, senior knowledge holder, artist, director of Karungkarni Aboriginal Art and Culture Corporation
Gurindji community member, senior knowledge holder and artist, founding director of Karungkarni Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation
Community member, Mudburra artist, founding director of Karungkarni Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation
After the Walk-Off: reflections, dreams and actualities
Thursday 29 June, 5.30pm
This panel presents Indigenous and non-Indigenous speakers’ reflections on the Gurindji Walk-Off from Wave Hill station – from the impact this profound act of Indigenous self-determination had on Australian society fifty years ago, to assessing its relevance for contemporary Indigenous rights activism.
Chaired by Hetti Perkins
Arrernte/Kalkadoon peoples, Independent curator and consultant. Hetti Perkins was recently recognised by the university with a prestigious UNSW Alumni Award for her contribution to Arts and Culture.
Save the Gurindji campaign, Freedom Ride (1965) activist and Communist Party of Australia member
Professor Larissa Behrendt
Professor of Indigenous Research, Jumbunna Institute, University of Technology Sydney
Lynda-June Coe, Wiradjuri people
Fighting in Solidarity Towards Treaty representative
Dr Hannah Middleton
Peace and Indigenous rights activist, author, But now we want the land back: A History of the Australian Aboriginal People, New Age Publishers, Sydney, 1977
Download the exhibition program here.