Legacy: Reflections on Mabo celebrates the man behind the game-changing Native Title Act, Eddie Koiki Mabo. Co-curated by Gail Mabo and Jonathan McBurnie (Director of Umbrella Studio), 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 Mabo Day 2019 (3 June).
Blak Douglas & Adam Geczy, Eric Bridgeman, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Freja Carmichael & Sonja Carmichael, Toby Cedar, Dian Darmansjah, Katina Davidson, Marc Etherington, 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.