Legacy: Reflections on Mabo
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, the exhibition brings together a selection of 22 works, by 25 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 is the first major exhibition to explore the life and legacy of Eddie Koiki Mabo from both Indigenous and non-Indigenous perspectives.
This exhibition is the first to incorporate significant curatorial direction by the Mabo family, and is unique in the way that the entire show is commissioned artworks created specifically for this project that have never been seen before.
This exhibition’s existence, and its significant reach to so many galleries in regions around Australia, means that the conversation about Indigenous rights continues for people of all ages – albeit through another context – art. And hopefully through this thoughtful, personal, and warm curatorial approach, Eddie’s story can be engaged with from a multitude of current perspectives, rather than being seen as something to examine from afar – through the distance of time.
Eddie’s story can also be inspiring and educational for kids. Read more in the education kit here or watch a video program Rays of Mer here.
|Jim Paterson||Judy Watson|
|"It's, The Economy, Stupid!", 2017, charcoal and Conte on Somerset cotton paper 300gsm, 91 x 120cm||mabo legacy with resistance pins, 2019, acrylic, graphite and lumocolour pencil on canvas, 180 x 100cm|
|Redland Art Gallery, QLD||8 September – 27 October 2019|
|Maitland Art Gallery, NSW||9 November 2019 – 26 January 2020|
|Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, NSW||7 February – 22 March 2020|
|Bunbury Regional Art Galleries, WA|
|Burnie Regional Gallery, TAS|
|Burrinja, Dandenong Ranges Cultural Centre, VIC||7 December 2020–
28 February 2021
|Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery, SA||22 March – 13 June 2021|
|Nautilus Arts Centre, Port Lincoln, SA||25 June – 15 August 2021|
|Bundaberg Regional Art Galleries, QLD||26 August – 7 November 2021|
Dates and venues TBC
Legacy: Reflections on Mabo is a travelling exhibition presented by Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts and toured by Museums & Galleries Queensland. It has been generously assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia Program and the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. It is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.