Kunmanara (Mumu Mike) Williams

(Australia 1952 – Mar 2019)

Community
Mimili, Southern Desert region
Language group
Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region

Kulinmaya

Location
Not on display
Further information

The late, long-standing director of Mimili Maku Arts Centre, Kunmanara (Mumu Mike) Williams is widely recognised for his unique use of media and approach to art making. Williams' work is overtly political, presenting staunch statements about land rights from his perspective as a senior member of the Pitjantjatjara community. This approach was informed by Williams' own experiences, particularly of the British nuclear testing that took place at Maralinga and Emu Field. Not only did this testing force Pitjantjatjara people off their country, but they were subsequently exposed to a black cloud that rained poison across the APY Lands. Williams was living at Pukutja (Ernabella) at the time and remembers the impacts of this, especially the lives that were lost.

The final wishes of the artist before his passing in March 2019, just 5 months before the official launch of his publication, was to be seen and heard. He wished for his legacy to be spread far and wide. In addition to the publication of the book for general distribution, a unique edition of 3 museum sets have been created, comprising the publication covered in a unique mail bag dust jacket, and a series of 5 prints. These editions have been offered to institutions the art centre and community believe to be advocates for Mr William’s legacy.

Tuppy Goodwin, the widow of Mr Williams, has requested that the book and set of prints be displayed as a part of the 2020 Nirin Sydney Biennale here at the Gallery.

Place of origin
APY Lands, South Australia, Australia
Year
2019
Media
Book, Print
Medium
screenprint on archival map
Dimensions
display dimensions variable :
a - print 1, 43 x 32 cm
b - print 2, 41 x 30 cm
c - print 3, 32 x 27 cm
d - print 4, 45 x 38 cm
e - print 5, 32 x 27 cm
Credit
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2020
Accession number
18.2020.a-f
Copyright
© Kunmanara (Mumu Mike) Williams. Licensed by Copyright Agency