Still in my Mind
An art exhibition about the Wave Hill Walk Off, Still in my Mind, was formally opened over the weekend by celebrated Indigenous photographer Mervyn Bishop.
One of Mr Bishop’s most famous and enduring images is a prominent work in this new exhibition. The photograph captures the moment, at Daguragu (Nothern Territory) on 16 August 1975, when then Prime Minister Gough Whitlam poured a handful of Daguragu soil back into the hand of Vincent Lingiari, Gurindji elder and traditional landowner. The action was symbolic of the handback of Daguragu leasehold title to the Gurindji people.
Also on display are are artworks by exhibition curator Brenda L. Croft, and paintings and works on paper by artists from Karungkarnki Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation. Some of these are responses to the oral accounts of Gurindji history documented by elders with Erika Charola and CoEDL CI Felicity Meakins in the book Yijarni: True Stories from Gurindji Country. There is also extensive archival audio-visual and photographic material, textile objects, loans from institutions and repatriated cultural material giving a multi-platform representation of Gurindji identity and experience.
Still in my Mind is on at the University of Queensland Art Museum until October 29.
During a panel discussion and the exhibition opening held on Saturday, August 12, there was some great discussion about connection to country, experience of Stolen Generations members and descendants and and the importance of home, community, language and land. Here Brenda L. Croft speaks about the prominent role of Gurindji language in the exhibition:-