Presented by Artback NT and Araluen Arts Centre
Still in my mind: Gurindji location, experience and visuality draws inspiration from Gurindji and Malngin leader Vincent Lingiari’s profound declaration of connection to his Country. Lingiari’s statement “that land … I still got it on my mind”, forms the exhibition’s touchstone and provides the framework for reflection on the ongoing impact of the Gurindji Walk-Off at Wave Hill, a seminal event in Australia’s history that sparked the national land rights movement and resonates deeply today.
Renowned artist and curator Brenda L. Croft, whose patrilineal heritage is Gurindji, Malngin, Mudburra, Chinese and Irish, is the decedent of Stolen Generations’ family members. In developing the exhibition, Croft collaborated with family and community members from Kalkaringi and Daguragu and those whose lived experiences of the negative impacts of assimilation policies is ongoing. This experience of cultural dispossession is echoed within the curator’s own family. As such, the exhibition is a profound mix of the personal and the political, weaving together diverse, yet interlinked, Indigenous perspectives to tell a story of strength and resilience that explores notions of home and community in relation to cultural identity.
Still in my mind encompasses history paintings on canvas and board, works on paper, textiles, photomedia and an experimental audio-visual installation. These works are shown alongside significant materials drawn from extensive private and public archives, from the early 20th century to the present day, comprising historical still and moving images, oral recordings and repatriated cultural material and objects.