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Title

No trouble here

2019


Artist

Sally M. Nangala Mulda

Australia

Language group

Luritja, Central Desert region


About

Sally M Nangala Mulda’s figurative paintings are frank and unsparing depictions of life in Abbott’s town camp on the Todd River in Mparntwe (Alice Springs). On her canvases, the landscape of the everyday is laid bare, with blunt honesty. Trips to the shop and cups of tea are documented alongside candid portrayals of the all-too-frequent police presence. The descriptive text that Mulda applies atop her scenes is diaristic and tethers each painting to a particular time and place. A succession of narrative vignettes that are almost photographic in the way they capture and chronicle experience, Mulda’s paintings offer an index of life as it is lived.
While Mulda does not see herself as an activist, her work is politically charged. Through her stark snapshots of daily life we witness the impacts of the 2007 Northern Territory Intervention: the overcrowding in Town Camps, prejudicial regulation of alcohol consumption, compromised employment opportunities, the enhanced jurisdiction of the police. The story – Mulda’s own and that of so many other Indigenous people in Australia today – reminds us of what reality really looks like.


Details


Place where the work was made

Alice Springs Northern Territory Australia


Date

2019


Media category

Ephemera


Materials used

various mediums used for cut-outs, acrylic, cardboard, canvas


Dimensions

26 pieces of cut out, dimension variable


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Mollie Gowing Acquisition fund for contemporary Aboriginal art 2019


Accession number

35.2019.a-z


Artist information

Sally M. Nangala Mulda

Works in the collection

9


Place

Where the work was made
Alice Springs

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history