Opening at CDU Art Gallery in November, Still in my mind: Gurindji experience, location and visuality is an exhibition that considers the ongoing impact of the famous 1966 ‘Wave Hill Walk-off’, an event that saw 200 Aboriginal stockmen, station workers, and their families follow the lead of Gurindji elder Vincent Lingiari and strike in protest over poor wages and conditions.
A powerful act of self-determination, the Wave Hill Walk-off was to have far-reaching social and political repercussions in Australia and is considered pivotal to the Aboriginal land-rights movement.
Curated by Gurindji descendant and participating artist Brenda L. Croft, Still in my mind… features a diverse range of media including photographs, digital platforms and archives, Gurindji history paintings, contemporary and historical prints and drawings, and an experimental video installation.
Still in my mind is developed in partnership with UNSW Galleries, UQ Art Museum, and Karungkarni Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation, with support from Australian Research Discovery Indigenous Award, National Institute for Experimental Arts, ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language and the Berndt Research Foundation. Tour presented by Artback NT and supported by Visions of Australia.
Image: Brenda L Croft, Self-portraits on country, Wave Hill, 2014 (installation detail), pigment print on archival paper, 42 x 59.5 cm. Courtesy the artist and Niagara Galleries, Melbourne.