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Title

Ngura (country)

2017


Artists

Mumu Mike Williams

Australia

1952 -

Language group

Pitjantjatjara

Willy Muntjantji Martin

Australia

1950 -

Language group

Pitjantjatjara

Sammy Dodd

Australia

01 Jan 1946 -


About

Mumu Mike Williams recent collaborative works make 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 Pitjantjara that highlight rights to country that have not been respected. On the other side of the work Willy Muntjantji Martin has painted his tjukurrpa which documents an innate attachment to country, 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


Details


Date

2017


Media categories

Installation , Painting


Materials used

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 spinifex grass)


Dimensions

116.0 x 142.0 x 2.0 cm


Signature & date

Signed l.r. "Mumu Mike Williams". Not dated.


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2017


Accession number

329.2017


Artist information

Mumu Mike Williams

Works in the collection

2

Artist information

Willy Muntjantji Martin

Works in the collection

2

Artist information

Sammy Dodd

Works in the collection

2