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Kunmanara (Mumu Mike) Williams


1952 – Mar 2019

Language group: Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region

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  • Details

    Alternative title
    Kulinmaya: Museum Edition
    Place where the work was made
    Mimili South Australia Australia
    Media categories
    Book , Print
    Materials used
    screenprint on archival map
    display dimensions variable :

    a - print 1, 43 x 32 cm

    b - print 2, 41 x 30 cm

    c - print 3, 32 x 27 cm

    d - print 4, 45 x 38 cm

    e - print 5, 32 x 27 cm

    Mollie Gowing Acquisition fund for Contemporary Aboriginal art 2020
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Kunmanara (Mumu Mike) Williams/Copyright Agency
    Artist information
    Kunmanara (Mumu Mike) Williams

    Works in the collection


  • About

    The late, long-standing director of Mimili Maku Arts Centre, Kunmanara (Mumu Mike) Williams is widely recognised for his unique use of media and approach to art making. Williams' work is overtly political, presenting staunch statements about land rights from his perspective as a senior member of the Pitjantjatjara community. This approach was informed by Williams' own experiences, particularly of the British nuclear weapons testing program that took place at Maralinga and Emu Field. Not only did this testing force Pitjantjatjara people off their Country, but they were subsequently exposed to a black cloud that rained poison across the APY Lands. Williams was living at Pukutja (Ernabella) at the time and remembers the impacts of this, especially the lives that were lost.

    The final wishes of the artist before his passing in March 2019, just 5 months before the official launch of his publication, was to be seen and heard. He wished for his legacy to be spread far and wide. In addition to the publication of the book for general distribution, a unique edition of 3 museum sets have been created, comprising the publication covered in a unique mail bag dust jacket, and a series of 5 prints. These editions have been offered to institutions the art centre and community believe to be advocates for Mr William’s legacy.

    Tuppy Goodwin, the widow of Mr Williams, has requested that the book and set of prints be displayed as a part of the 2020 Nirin Sydney Biennale here at the Gallery.

Other works by Kunmanara (Mumu Mike) Williams