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 A YARN WITH DJON MUNDINE OAM FAHA
AND DR TYSON
YUNKAPORTA
FACILITATED BY PROFESSOR IRENE WATSON

THURSDAY 17 MARCH 2022
6.30PM - 7.30PM

 Allan Scott Auditorium, Hawke Building, UniSA City West Campus MAP
Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, Samstag Museum of Art and the Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor: Aboriginal Leadership and Strategy, UniSA. 

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"All art is a conversation. art is a social act – it is about the people of a society, not just what is fashionable at the time. art is also about memory, remembering family.”— Djon Mundine OAM FAHA

"You can't maintain a culture that is based on retarding the development of half the population, particularly the half that is responsible for creating life.” — Dr Tyson Yunkaporta, Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Change The World

Join us for a yarn between Pirku murititya UniSA Visiting Research Fellows - Bandjalung cultural leader, Djon Mundine OAM FAHA and Indigenous thinker and author, Dr Tyson Yunkaporta. The yarn will be facilitated by Professor Irene Watson, Pro Vice Chancellor: Aboriginal Leadership and Strategy, University of South Australia. 

Djon Mundine is a curator, writer, artist and activist and is celebrated as a foundational figure in the criticism and exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal art. He is a fierce advocate and a driving force, consistently contributing to the development and exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal art in Australia, and internationally.

He was the concept artist/producer of the ground-breaking "The Aboriginal Memorial", which was central to the 1988 Biennale of Sydney. Parallel to the nation's Bicentennial celebrations, "The Aboriginal Memorial" reminded people of what had been done to Aboriginal People, at a time when many were actively trying to forget. Comprising of 200 painted poles, by artists primarily from Ramingining and several surrounding communities in Central Arnhem Land, the artwork commemorates the Aboriginal People who have lost their lives defending their unceded land - with each pole symbolising every year since the 1788 British invasion. The Memorial has since been on permanent display in the main entrance hall of the National Gallery of Australia. 

Djon Mundine and Dr Tyson Yunkaporta are the inaugural Pirku murititya UniSA Visiting Research Fellows. The Pirku murititya UniSA Visiting Research Fellowship is a donor co-sponsored program and is part of the University of South Australia’s commitment to grow the community of Australian Aboriginal researchers and support Indigenous and First Nation led research globally. The Fellowship is part of The UniSA Visiting Research Fellows Scheme which is a UniSA innovation that will bring some of the world’s most talented minds and practitioners to Adelaide to work in partnership with UniSA researchers, businesses and the community.

As part of his Fellowship Djon Mundine will present this prestigious public lecture, and meet various community and cultural organisations, academics, and researchers. He will also be conducting workshops and introducing the Karrabing Film Collective who are presenting their work in a new exhibition at the Samstag Museum of Art with the Adelaide Film Festival.

This event will be presented LIVE in the University of South Australia's Allan Scott Auditorium. 

DJON MUNDINE OAM FAHA
PIRKU MURITITYA UNISA VISITING RESEARCH FELLOW
CURATOR, WRITER, ARTIST AND ACTIVIST

Djon Mundine

Djon Mundine OAM FAHA is a proud Bandjalung man from the Northern Rivers of New South Wales.

Mundine has held many senior curatorial positions in both national and international institutions, some of which include the National Museum of Australia, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Gallery of New South Wales and Campbelltown Art Centre. 

Between the years 1979 and 1995, Mundine was the Art Advisor at Milingimbi and curator at Bula-bula Arts in Ramingining, Arnhem Land for sixteen years. 

In 1993, Mundine received the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the promotion and development of Aboriginal arts, crafts and culture. Between 2005 and 2006 Mundine was resident at the National Museum of Ethnology (Minpaku) in Osaka, Japan as a Research Professor in the Department of Social Research and is a PhD candidate at National College of Art and Design, University of NSW. 

Djon Mundine OAM also won The Australia Council’s 2020 Red Ochre Award for Lifetime Achievement and is currently an independent curator of contemporary Indigenous art and cultural mentor.

Djon Mundine website
Defining Moments: The Aboriginal Memorial at the Biennale of Sydney with Djon Mundine
Djon Mundine OAM: 2020 Red Ochre Award For Lifetime Achievement
30 years on the Aboriginal Memorial as powerful as ever

DR TYSON YUNKAPORTA
PIRKU MURITITYA UNISA VISITING RESEARCH FELLOW
INDIGENOUS THINKER AND AUTHOR
SENIOR LECTURER, DEAKIN UNIVERSITY

Tyson YunkaportaDr Tyson Yunkaporta belongs to the Apalech clan from western Cape York and is an Indigenous thinker and author currently living in Melbourne. He is the founder of the Indigenous Knowledge Systems Lab at Deakin University, which applies Indigenous complexity science perspectives and methods to addressing global crises in governance, economics, climate, cybernetics, education and more. He graduated cum laude with a Doctorate in Education from James Cook University in 2009 and worked with Elders and young people all over Australia until 2017, when he joined the academy temporarily as a researcher and lecturer. He has no idea what he will do next, as long as it's at least 3000 kilometres north of Melbourne.

Book: Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World

FACILITATOR: PROFESSOR IRENE WATSON
PRO VICE CHANCELLOR: ABORIGINAL LEADERSHIP AND STRATEGY
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA

Irene Watson

Professor Irene Watson is the Pro Vice Chancellor: Aboriginal Leadership and Strategy, the David Unaipon Chair, and Professor of Law at the University of South Australia. She belongs to the Tanganekald, Meintangk Bunganditj First Nations Peoples of the Coorong and the South-east of South Australia.

As Pro Vice Chancellor Irene is responsible for providing strategic advice and guidance on improving the recruitment, support and success of Aboriginal students and staff, both within and external to the University.  As Professor of Law, her research focuses upon Indigenous Peoples in domestic and international law. Over many years, Irene has worked with First Nation Peoples across Australia in advancing Aboriginal rights. 

Twitter: @irenewatsonlaw

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Presented by The Bob Hawke Prime Ministerial Centre, Samstag Museum of Art and the Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor: Aboriginal Leadership and Strategy, UniSA.

Image: Banner, Djon Mundine, The Aboriginal Memorial


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