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An image of Mary Mumbulla and Murri Craigie by Brenda L Croft

Brenda L Croft

(Australia 1964 – )

Language group
Gurindji, Fitzmaurice region , Mutpurra, Fitzmaurice region
Title
Mary Mumbulla and Murri Craigie, from the series The Big Deal is Black
Year
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
Accession number
391.1993
Copyright
© Brenda L. Croft. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (3)

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.).

Exhibition history (6)

Recent Acquisitions of Aboriginal Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 05 Jul 1993–12 Sep 1993

Review: works by women from the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 08 Mar 1995–04 Jun 1995

Another Country, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Jul 1999–02 Apr 2000

Points of view: Australian photography 1985-95, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Nov 2005–29 Jan 2006

unknown, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Aug 2007–28 Oct 2007

Boomalli: 20 years on, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 01 Sep 2007–28 Oct 2007