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Legacy: Reflections on Mabo

Legacy: Reflections on Mabo celebrates the man behind the game-changing Native Title Act, Eddie Kioki Mabo, and the ongoing influence and impact he has had on Australian society and culture.

This travelling exhibition brings together 26 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in the spirit of reconciliation, 27 years after this historic achievement. Each artist has responded to an aspect of Mabo they were drawn to, whether it was his life, politics, activism or legacy. The artworks come together in surprising ways, with reverence, compassion, anger, sadness and respect, celebrating a man who was both a rebel and a dreamer.

 

 


 

Featured Artists

 

Jo LankesterDavid JonesMarion GaemersAnneke SilverRon McBurnie
Jo LankesterDavid JonesMarion GaemersAnneke SilverRon McBurnie
Jo is a passionate printmaker living and working in Townsville. Focusing on etching, collagraph and textural designs, her process of work is more moulding to the making rather than planning. She builds her work from the natural environment, interpreting this in her abstracted prints through ideas of land and sea, and the mapping of the landscapes. She has based her exhibition piece on stories told by Gail Mabo and has used customary law as her focal point.As a Brisbane based printmaker, David has used his art style to communicate the message of our societal history as Australians. Through his studies in the arts, and his extensive knowledge on the works of Eddie Mabo and other Indigenous activists, including those in his family, David has utilized his artistic abilities to articulate a detailed and dark critique on Australia Society. His Anglo-European Australian and Indigenous Dalungdalee heritage have highly influenced his style and artistic practice, using his family history to inform and drive his art processes.As a local Townsville artist, Marion's work is a frequent flyer in the Townsville artistic community. Marion is traditionally a basket maker, and has stemmed into working with rubbish and recycled materials. Predominantly recycling fishing ropes and ties, Marion builds reef forms and underwater worlds through weaving. In the use of varying colours and textured ropes, Marion’s abilities to recreate the colours and shapes of the reef is absolutely astonishing.Anneke is known for her strong bond with nature, and seeing the natural world as an immeasurable force that radiates through your mind and body. Much of Anneke’s artistic inspiration has built from her travels, but Australian landscapes have been her focal point for years. She uses her connection and feelings to the earth to inspire her works and artistic drive. Her artworks reflect her connection with the natural world and her awareness of the natural force it holds. Through her connection with Australian nature, Anneke has built a close bond with indigenous and ancient cultures, resonating with their relationship and appreciation of their land.Ron has lived and worked in Townsville for over three decades, becoming one of Australia’s most respected artists. Through painting and printmaking, Ron draws inspiration for his works from a variety of sources, through contemporary and historical art, as well as observations of everyday life. His work for this exhibition tells the stories of Eddie’s desire to provide and care for his family, reflecting more personal aspects of Eddie’s life.


 

 

Legacy: Reflections on Mabo is the first major exhibition to explore the life and legacy of Eddie Koiki Mabo from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives.

This exhibition is the first to incorporate significant curatorial direction by the Mabo family, and is unique in the way that the entire show is commissioned artworks created specifically for this project that have never been seen before.

This exhibition’s existence, and its significant reach to so many galleries in regions around Australia, means that the conversation about Indigenous rights continues for people of all ages – albeit through another context – art. And hopefully through this thoughtful, personal, and warm curatorial approach, Eddie’s story can be engaged with from a multitude of current perspectives, rather than being seen as something to examine from afar – through the distance of time.

 


 

 

The Exhibition

Elisa Jane and Sonja Carmichael, Circles of Life and Light, 2019, ghost net, wire, nylon fishing net, synthetic fibres and fish scales, dimensions variable Toby Cedar, Headress (Dari), 2019, bamboo cane, twine, feathers, pearl shell, kulup bean, 65 x 45cm eachDian Darmansjah, Cultivate, 2019, etching and engraving, 109.2 x 82cmKatina Davidson, Sites of Resistance Series, 2019, oil on porcelain, 10.7 x 13.5cm
Elisa Jane and Sonja CarmichaelToby CedarDian DarmansjahKatina Davidson
Circles of Life and Light, 2019, ghost net, wire, nylon fishing net, synthetic fibres and fish scales, dimensions variable

Headress (Dari), 2019, bamboo cane, twine, feathers, pearl shell, kulup bean, 65 x 45cm each

Cultivate, 2019, etching and engraving, 109.2 x 82cm


Sites of Resistance Series, 2019, oil on porcelain, 10.7 x 13.5cm

Adam Hill & Adam Geczy. Struck out, 2019, print on plastic banner, 250 x 250cmShaneFitzgerald, Incendiary II, 2018, Fujiflex prints, 153cm x 235cmHayley French, Being at home, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 101.5 x 162.5cmMarion Gaemers, Belonging, 2018, recycled and beach found rope net and plastic and wire, 63 x 83 x 77cm
Blak Douglas and Adam GeczyShane FitzgeraldHayley Megan FrenchMarion Gaemers
Struck Out, 2019, print on plastic banner, 250 x 250cIncendiary II, 2018, Fujiflex prints, 153cm x 235cmBeing at home, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 101.5 x 162.5cmBelonging, 2018, recycled and beach found rope net and plastic and wire, 63 x 83 x 77cm

Patricia Hoffie, Forgive Us Our Tresspass, 2019, painting on board, 60 x 204cm eachDavid Jones, Mabo Confronts Leviathan, 2019, etching print on rag paper, 93.5 x 76.5cmIan Kaddy, Usari (Yam), 2019, linocut print on paper, 97.5 x 76.5cmTalitha Kennedy, Shadow monument to the known but not seen: Ancestral boundary markers of Murray Island, 2019, Leather, thread, polyester fibre, silica gravel and wire, 45 x 120 x 85cm
Patricia HoffieDavid JonesIan KaddyTalitha Kennedy
Forgive Us Our Tresspass, 2019, painting on board, 60 x 204cm eachMabo Confronts Leviathan, 2019, etching print on rag paper, 93.5 x 76.5cmUsari (Yam), 2019, linocut print on paper, 97.5 x 76.5cmShadow monument to the known but not seen: Ancestral boundary markers of Murray Island, 2019, Leather, thread, polyester fibre, silica gravel and wire, 45 x 120 x 85cm

Jo Lankester, Bloodlines - Mapping the Landscape, 2019, multi-colour plate intaglio, 86 x 116.5cmVeronica Lulu and Kim Mahood, Sand Dunes and Fire Scars, Great Sandy Desert, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 155cmRon McBurnie, Heart shaped Yam at Yaadi Mooli Creek, 2019, ink and watercolour on paper, 147.5 x 113.5cmArone Meeks, Mabo 25 & Big Wet Community, 2018, mixed media, 61.2 x 183.2cm
Jo LankesterVeronica Lulu and Kim MahoodRon McBurnieArone Meeks
Bloodlines - Mapping the Landscape, 2019, multi-colour plate intaglio, 86 x 116.5cmSand Dunes and Fire Scars, Great Sandy Desert, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 80 x 155cmHeart shaped Yam at Yaadi Mooli Creek, 2019, ink and watercolour on paper, 147.5 x 113.5cmMabo 25 & Big Wet Community, 2018, mixed media, 61.2 x 183.2cm

Tommy Pau, Lady Justice Mourning Her House, 2019, linocut print on paper, 95 x 73cmObery Sambo, Ged Tarim Le, 2019, wood, cane, feathers, glue, twine, pearl shell, cassowary feather and paint, 18 x 88 x 58cmAnneke Silver, Euphemism, 2018, acrylic paint and chalk on stretched canvas, 91.5 x 122cmKen Thaiday Snr, Koiki Mabo Celebration, 2012-2019, wood, feathers, black bamboo, plastic nylon line, glass, beads, cork, wire, screws, nails and synthetic polyner paint, 58 x 233 x 118cm
Tommy PauObery SamboAnneke SilverKen Thaiday Snr
Lady Justice Mourning Her House, 2019, linocut print on paper, 95 x 73cmGed Tarim Le, 2019, wood, cane, feathers, glue, twine, pearl shell, cassowary feather and paint, 18 x 88 x 58cmEuphemism, 2018, acrylic paint and chalk on stretched canvas, 91.5 x 122cmKoiki Mabo Celebration, 2012-2019, wood, feathers, black bamboo, plastic nylon line, glass, beads, cork, wire, screws, nails and synthetic polyner paint, 58 x 233 x 118c

Jim Paterson, "It's, The Economy, Stupid!", 2017, charcoal and Conte on Somerset cotton paper 300gsm, 91 x 120cmJudy Watson, mabo legacy with resistance pins, 2019, acrylic, graphite and lumocolour pencil on canvas, 180 x 100cm
Jim PatersonJudy Watson
"It's, The Economy, Stupid!", 2017, charcoal and Conte on Somerset cotton paper 300gsm, 91 x 120cmmabo legacy with resistance pins, 2019, acrylic, graphite and lumocolour pencil on canvas, 180 x 100cm

 

The Tour

2019

Redland Art Gallery, QLD8 September – 27 October 2019
Maitland Art Gallery, NSW9 November 2019 – 26 January 2020

 

2020

Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW7 February – 22 March 2020
Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, WA2 May – 14 June 2020
Burnie Regional Gallery, TAS27 June – 2 August 2020
Burrinja, Dandenong Ranges Cultural Centre, VIC31 October 2020 – 17 January 2021

 

2021

Nautilus Arts Centre, Port Lincoln, SA5 March – 13 June 2021
Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, SA3 July – 15 August 2021
Bundaberg Regional Art Galleries, QLD26 August – 24 October 2021

 

2022

Australian National Maritime Museum, NSWTBC

 

Legacy: Reflections on Mabo is a travelling exhibition presented by Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts and toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. It has been generously assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia Program and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. It is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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