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Kunmanara Williams

Art, Galleries Art Gallery of NSW , Sydney Until Monday June 8 2020 Free
Picture of the late Kunmanara ‘Mumu Mike’ Williams.
Photograph: Rhett Hammerton The late Kunmanara ‘Mumu Mike’ Williams.

Time Out says

Don't miss the final work of revered Pitjantjatjara artist and activist Kunmanara ‘Mumu Mike’ Williams, completed with the help of his widow

Revered Aboriginal elder, artist and Pitjantjatjara man Kunmanara ‘Mumu Mike’ Williams, whose prolific work poured out of the Mimili Maku Arts Centre he helped found in the APY lands in South Australia, sadly passed away late last year.

Renowned for his subversive messaging scrawled on Australia Post bags, as inspired by a pile left at Mimili Maku, challenging whitefella’s political status quo and treatment of Aboriginal Australians and creating more agency for Anangu artists was at the heart of his work. He was a tireless activist who fought long and hard in the APY Land Rights movement that ultimately led to the signing of the Pitjantjatjara Land Rights Act 1981.

You might have caught his most recent masterpiece Kamantaku Tjukurpa wiya (The Government Doesn't have Tjukurpa) at the MCA recently as part of the National.

Now a fitting tribute to his remarkable life and work, the Art Gallery of NSW will play host to this his final protest piece lighting the way with his words "Kulilaya munuya nintiriwa" (Listen and learn from us). The Mimili Maku Arts collective stepped in to complete it, following the vision he laid out, as led by his beloved widow Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin (Pitjantjatjara, Arrernte) and best friend and Sammy Dodd (Pitjantjatjara).

By: Stephen A Russell



Venue name: Art Gallery of NSW
Address: Art Gallery Road, The Domain
Price: Free

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