Mumu Mike Williams

(Australia 1952 – )

Community
APY Lands, NO REGION SPECIFIED
Language group
Pitjantjatjara

Willy Muntjantji Martin

(Australia 1950 – Oct 2018)

Community
APY Lands, NO REGION SPECIFIED
Language group
Pitjantjatjara

Sammy Dodd

(Australia 01 Jan 1946 – )

Community
Pitjantjatjara, Yankunytjatjara People

Ngura (country)

Location
Yiribana Gallery
Further information

Mumu Mike Williams recent collaborative works make a bold statement about land possession. Painted on Australia post mail bags he capitalises on the potential offered by the existing text on the bags - ‘Theft or misuse of this bag is a criminal offence penalties apply’. Williams shifts this message through direct comments in Pitjantjara that highlight rights to country that have not been respected. On the other side of the work Willy Muntjantji Martin has painted his tjukurrpa which documents an innate attachment to country, his rights to country. Suspended by a kulata (spear) made by Sammy Dodd the work makes a poignant statement about legal rights and the maintenance of law.

The Pitjantjatjara text states:
Australia: Open your ears and listen
This has always been Aboriginal Land
You must never steal our Tjukurpa (law and culture)
Theft or misuse of this manta (land) is a criminal offence, penalties apply

Place of origin
Mimili, Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, South Australia, Australia
Cultural origin
Pitjantjatjara, Southern Desert region
Year
2017
Media
Installation, Painting
Medium
acrylic, ink and acrylic marker pen on canvas mailbags with kulata (spear) made from punu (wood), malu pulyku (kangaroo tendon) and kiti (resin made from spinifex grass)
Dimensions
116.0 x 142.0 x 2.0 cm
Signature & date

Signed l.r. "Mumu Mike Williams". Not dated.

Credit
Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors tour to Central Australia 2017
Accession number
329.2017
Copyright
© the artists