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Title

Mary Mumbulla and Murri Craigie, from the series The Big Deal is Black


Artist

Brenda L Croft

Australia

1964 -

Language groups

Gurindji, Fitzmaurice region, Mudpurra, Fitzmaurice region, Malngin


About

Brenda L Croft works closely with her family, friends and Indigenous community members to create her images. The work 'Mary Mumbulla and Murri Craigie' is drawn from the series 'The big deal is Black' 1993. First exhibited in 1993 at the Australian Centre for Photography, this series focuses on the strong matrilineal connections within Aboriginal families and allows the viewer an intimate insight into family life. The works mainly depict Sydney-based Aboriginal women in their roles as mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins and grandmothers. In their familiar surroundings and at ease in front of the camera, Croft's subjects provide a realistic portrayal of contemporary Aboriginal life.
Croft has said this series 'is about letting you see something of us on our own terms.' This approach is in direct contrast to the studio and documentary photographs taken of Aboriginal people in the 19th century which are dominated by staged scenes presenting a false image of Aboriginal life.


Details


Date

1993


Media category

Photograph


Materials used

R3 colour photograph


Dimensions

99.5 x 120.5 cm sight; 100.8 x 121.4 x 2.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1993


Location

Not on display


Accession number

391.1993


Artist information

Brenda L Croft

Works in the collection

29


Shown in 6 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Deborah Edwards, Daphne Wallace, Margo Neale, Victoria Lynn and Sandra Byron, Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, List of works, Sydney, 1995, 19.

Hannah Fink, One sun one moon: Aboriginal art in Australia, ‘Self-evident: Indigenous artists and the photographic image’, pg. 310-321, Sydney, 2007, 318, 319 (colour illus.).

Wayne Tunnicliff, Tradition today: Indigenous art in Australia, 'Brenda L. Croft', pg. 42, Sydney, 2004, 42, 43 (colour illus.).