Kulilaya munuya nintiriwa (Listen and learn from us)
“Our Tjukurpa Law is all-encompassing. It was always intended to be eternal, but we know it is at risk. This is why I a documenting it now. I want to raise people’s consciousness. I want us to be acknowledged by the wider society and the government. I am hoping to start a movement of new awareness.” (Kunmanara Mumu Mike Williams, 2019)
Kunmanara was invited to participate in the 22nd Biennale of Sydney before his passing in March 2019. His vision for the exhibition was a large-scale political protest piece, working with the young men in his community to show the world that Tjukurpa was still strong, that language was still alive, and that there was much left to learn from Anangu traditional owners. Whilst Kunmanara passed away before realising this project, his legacy has been carried forwards by his community. Guided by his widow Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin and his lifelong friend and collaborator Sammy Dodd, Mimili Maku Arts has facilitated the execution of the project, celebrating the significance of Kunmanara’s words every day.