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Legacy: Reflections on Mabo

Legacy: Reflections on Mabo celebrates the man behind the game-changing Native Title Act, Eddie Koiki Mabo. Co-curated by Gail Mabo, Dr Jonathan McBurnie and Kellie Williams, the exhibition brings together a selection of 22 works, by 25 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, in the spirit of reconciliation twenty-five years after the historic achievement.

Each artist has responded to an aspect of Eddie Mabo that they are drawn to, whether it is his life, politics, activism, or legacy. The works come together in surprising ways with reverence, compassion, anger, sadness and respect, celebrating a man who was both a rebel and a dreamer.


 

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 CANCELLED
Burnie Regional Gallery, TAS27 June – 2 August 2020 CANCELLED
Burrinja, Dandenong Ranges Cultural Centre, VIC27 October 2020–
7 February 2021

 

2021

Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, SA22 March – 13 June 2021
Nautilus Arts Centre, Port Lincoln, SA25 June – 15 August 2021
Bundaberg Regional Art Galleries, QLD26 August – 7 November 2021

 

2022

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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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