Inspired by the words of revered Indigenous leader and Gurindji elder Vincent Lingiari, ‘that land … I still got it on my mind’, Still in my mind: Gurindji location, experience, and visuality is a national touring exhibition reflecting on events preceding and following the Walk-Off at Wave Hill cattle station in protest over poor wages and living conditions. The Gurindji Walk-Off was a seminal event in Australian history that continues to reverberate today. The Walk-Off initiated a nine-year act of self-determination that began in 1966 and sparked the national land rights movement.
Exploring notions of home, community, and country connected to the Walk-Off, Still in my mind is curated by renowned First Nations artist, curator, and researcher Brenda L. Croft (Gurindji/Malngin/Mudburra Peoples), in collaboration with members from the Kalkaringi/Daguragu communities.
Lingiari’s statement is the exhibition’s touchstone, with stories told from diverse yet interlinked First Nations perspectives through photomedia, an immersive audio-video installation, commissioned history paintings, contemporary and historical prints and drawings, textiles and found objects, digital platforms, and extensive multimedia archives.
Still in my mind is a richly diverse exhibition that enables audiences to explore events of historical and cultural significance to all Australians. The exhibition also presents a multi-layered picture telling the stories of Gurindji community members – those living on Country and those who have been displaced through the ongoing impact of colonisation – through interwoven First Nations standpoints.
Developed in partnership between UNSW Galleries, UQ Art Museum, UQ and Karungkarni Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation, with support from the Australian Research Council Discovery Indigenous Award, National Institute for Experimental Arts, and ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language.
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