Kunmanara (Mumu Mike) Williams
1952 - Mar 2019
Kunmanara (Willy Muntjantji) Martin
1950 - Oct 2018
01 Jan 1946 -
Kunmanara (Mumu Mike) Williams' recent collaborative works makes a bold statement about land possession. Painted on Australia Post mail bags, he capitalises on the potential offered by the existing text on the bags: ‘Theft or misuse of this bag is a criminal offence penalties apply’. Williams' shifts this message through direct comments in Pitjantjatjara that highlight rights to Country that have not been respected. On its reverse, Kunmanara (Willy Muntjantji) Martin has painted his Tjukurpa (Sacred Law and Culture) which documents an innate attachment to Country, and his rights to Country. Suspended by a kulata (spear) made by Sammy Dodd, the work makes a poignant statement about legal rights and the maintenance of Law.
The Pitjantjatjara text states:
'Australia: Open your ears and listen/
This has always been Aboriginal Land/
You must never steal our Tjukurpa (law and culture)/
Theft or misuse of this manta (Land) is a criminal offence, penalties apply'
Place where the work was made
acrylic, ink and acrylic marker pen on canvas mailbags with kulata (spear) made from punu (wood), malu pulyku (kangaroo tendon) and kiti (resin made from mulga leaf resin)
116.0 x 142.0 x 2.0 cm :
A - Part A, 118 x 75 cm
B - Part B, 118 x 75 cm
C - Part C, 201 cm
Signature & date
Signed l.r. "Mumu Mike Williams". Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors tour to Central Australia 2017
Not on display
© the artists. Licensed by Copyright Agency
Shown in 1 exhibition
Archibald, Wynne and Sulman Prizes (2017), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 29 Jul 2017–22 Oct 2017