8 July to 5 August 2017
Conversation on constitutional & cultural reform
Saturday 29 July at 2 pm: Gemma McKinnon, Barkindji, academic at UNSW law, and technical adviser for referendum council regional dialogues, with Djon Mundine OAM
Artists: Anon (Young Artist in Don Dale Juvenile Detention Facility) with printer Franck Gohier, Alison Alder, Nick Bland, Margaret Boko, Miriam Charlie, Brenda L. Croft, David Frank, Iltja Ntjarra / Many Hands Art Centre (Mervyn Rubuntja, Lenie Namatjira, Reinhold Inkamala, Vanessa Inkamala, Gloria Pannka, Betty Naparula Wheeler), Fiona MacDonald with Intervention Rollback Action Group, Chips Mackinolty, Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney, Teena McCarthy, Sally M. Mulda, Mumu Mike Williams and Jason Wing. Co-curators Jo Holder and Djon Mundine OAM
The Intervention was quietly extended until 2022 — despite over 50 damning reports into the ‘widening gap', most published in the last 10 years. The Intervention (the Northern Territory ‘emergency response’) has failed yet it continues with its key measures in place. A Widening Gap, opens at a decisive moment after the Uluru 'Statement from the Heart' and the Don Dale Royal Commission into Juvenile Detention.
The artists, whose eyes witness the widening gap, come from NT and non-NT and are Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal, and include a young former resident of Don Dale Juvenile institution and some eminent 60-somethings. They put a human face to the kinds of communities that have been vilified and stripped of land rights and human rights. As Mumu Mike William's painting states, "I’m talking about land rights, and what the Land Rights Act means for us. I’m saying: 'Nya manta? What is land rights?"
Mumu Mike Williams, Nya Manta? 2016. Tea, ink, chalk pastel on 2 sheets of paper, overall 200 x 150cm. Courtesy Mimili Maku Arts.