2019 Before time began, Fondation Opale, Crans Montana, Switzerland
2019 Uncertain Territory, Artbank, Sydney
2018 Weapons for a Soldier, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea
2018 Finalist, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, MAGNT
2018 Finalist, Wynne Prize, Art Gallery of New South Wales
2018 Finalist, National Works on Paper Prize, Mornington Peninsula
2017 Winner, Footscray Art Prize, Footscray Community Arts Centre
Kunmanara Mumu Mike Williams was a political activist, cultural leader and ngangkari (traditional healer). He proudly shared and protected the knowledge and duties given to him through his culture. In his art practice, he addressed issues including governance, sustainable land management, and the protection of sacred heritage sites. As one of the founding members of Mimili Maku Arts on the APY Lands, his vision was to create more agency for Anangu artists, to createpotent platforms for their voices to be heard.
Mr Williams has travelled the world for work, but always returned to his cultural obligations as a senior man and traditional custodian. He carried words of great importance with him from altars to museums and national podiums, sharing his faith and fighting for the rights of Anangu, Tjukurpa and manta (earth).
Mr Williams was an extraordinary artist and thinker, a fiercely resilient leader with ardent passion, devotion and creativity. He always had a resolute desire to be heard and his artwork carries his message loud and clear. Mr Williams exhibited widely nationally and internationally, always remaining true to his vision as a cultural leader. He finished writing his monograph and autobiography “Kulinmaya! Keep listening, everybody!” shortly before his passing. The book embodies some of the core ideas within Mr Williams' practice: the passing on of knowledge to the next generation, the importance of language for a resilient Culture, as well as the urgent reminder to keep listening to traditional owners. “Kulinmaya!” has been distributed in schools and libraries across the country and is due to keep his voice alive for generations to come.