An intricate audio visual based exhibition exploring notions of home, community and country connected to the Gurindji Walk Off, Still in my mind: Gurindji location, experience and visuality is curated by renowned Indigenous artist, curator and researcher Brenda L Croft in collaboration with the Kalkaringi community.
Inspired by the words of revered Indigenous leader Vincent Lingiari, ‘that land … I still got it in my mind’, this exhibition considers the ongoing impact of the Gurindji Walk-Off, a seminal event in Australian history that continues to resonate powerfully today. The Walk-Off, a nine-year act of self-determination that began in 1966 and sparked the national land rights movement, was led by Lingiari and ngumpit(Aboriginal people) working at Wave Hill Station (Jinparrak) in the Northern Territory.
Still in my mind incorporates photographs, an experimental video installation, newly commissioned history paintings, contemporary and historical prints and drawings, textiles and found objects, digital platforms and archives, in a richly diverse exhibition that reveals the way Gurindji community members maintain cultural practices and kinship connections to keep this history present.
Still in my mind will tour nationally from 2018 to 2020, with public programs and audience engagement components to accompany the tour.
Developed in partnership between UNSW Galleries, UQ Art Museum, UQ and Karungkarni Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation, with support from Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous Award, National Institute for Experimental Arts, and ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language.