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 (Director of Umbrella Studio contemporary arts), the exhibition brings together a selection of about 30 works by 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 will launch at Umbrella Studio contemporary arts in Townsville, Mabo’s home for many years, on 5 July.
Legacy: Reflections on Mabo is an initiative of Umbrella Studio contemporary arts, co-curated by Gail Mabo, Dr Jonathan McBurnie and Kellie Williams and toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. This travelling exhibition is supported by the Visions regional touring program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to cultural material for all Australians, and by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.
Blak Douglas & Adam Geczy, Elisa Jane Carmichael & Sonja Carmichael, Toby Cedar, Dian Darmansjah, Katina Davidson, Shane Fitzgerald, Hayley Megan French, Marion Gaemers, Patricia Hoffie, David Jones, Ian Kaddy, Talitha Kennedy, Jo Lankester, Veronica Lulu & Kim Mahood, Ron McBurnie, Arone Meeks, Jim Paterson, Tommy Pau, Obery Sambo, Anneke Silver, Ken Thaiday Sr. and Judy Watson.
Banner image above: Blak Douglas and Adam Geczy, Hung Ten (Installation view, The Lock Up, Newcastle) 2016. Mixed media assemblage, ten pairs printed rubber thongs. Image courtesy of the artist.