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Title

Ngura (Country)

2017


Artists

Kunmanara (Mumu Mike) Williams

Australia

1952 - Mar 2019

Language group

Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region

Kunmanara (Willy Muntjantji) Martin

Australia

1950 - Oct 2018

Language group

Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region

Sammy Dodd

Australia

01 Jan 1946 -

Language group

Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region, Yankunytjatjara/Southern Desert region


About

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'


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 mulga leaf resin)


Dimensions

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.


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors tour to Central Australia 2017


Location

Not on display


Accession number

329.2017


Wynne Prize

- 2017


Artist information

Kunmanara (Mumu Mike) Williams

Works in the collection

3

Artist information

Kunmanara (Willy Muntjantji) Martin

Works in the collection

2

Artist information

Sammy Dodd

Works in the collection

2


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history