Still in my mind Exhibition opening, 4 May, 6pm, Sydney
Exhibition: Still in my mind: Gurindji location, experience and visuality
Curator: Brenda L. Croft
Dates: 5 May-29 July 2017, Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm
Where: UNSW Galleries, Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd, Paddington, Sydney
Exhibition opening: Thursday 4 May 6pm-8pm
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.