Reflections on Mabo
19 March - 9 October 2022
Philip Bacon Heritage Gallery, level 4
Legacy: Reflections on Mabo celebrates the man behind the game-changing Native Title Act, Eddie Koiki Mabo, and the ongoing influence and impact he has had on Australian society and culture.
Curated by Gail Mabo, Dr Jonathan McBurnie and Kellie Williams, this travelling exhibition brings together 25 Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists in the spirit of reconciliation, 30 years after this historic achievement. Each artist has responded to an aspect of Mabo they were drawn to, whether it was his life, politics, activism or legacy. The artworks 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 features artwork by: Sonja Carmichael and Elisa Jane Carmichael, Toby Cedar, Dian Darmansjah, Katina Davidson, Blak Douglas and Adam Geczy, Hayley Megan French, Marion Gaemers, Patricia Hoffie, David Jones, Ian Kaddy, Talitha Kennedy, Jo Lankester, Veronica Lulu and Kim Mahood, Ronald McBurnie, Arone Meeks, Jim Paterson, Tommy Pau, Obery Sambo, Anneke Silver, Ken Thaiday Snr, and Judy Watson.
MABO: 30 YEARS ON
Artist panel discussion on Legacy: Reflections on Mabo.
In this discussion learn about the curatorial directions of Legacy: Reflections on Mabo exhibition from Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts director, Kate O'Hara. The panel includes reflections from exhibition co-curator and daughter of Koiki Mabo, Gail Mabo and Brisbane contributing artists Judy Watson and Katina Davidson.
Filmed onsite at State Library of Queensland on 24 August 2022.
State Library of Queensland invited members of the Torres Strait Islander community to acknowledge the remarkable life, politics, activism, and legacy of Eddie “Koiki” Mabo and celebrate the Legacy: Reflections on Mabo exhibition.
Official Event Program included; Welcome to Country by Nunukul Yuggera Aboriginal Dance Company/Gerib Sik Torres Strait Islanders Dance Troupe/Daniel Dow – Master of Ceremony/Vicki McDonald AM FALIA, State Librarian & CEO/The Honourable Leeanne Enoch, Minister for Communities and Housing, Minister for Digital Economy and Minister for the Arts/Gail Mabo
Filmed onsite at State Library of Queensland on 28 May 2022
From the blog
Legacy: Reflections on Mabo received funding through the Queensland Government’s Queensland Art Showcase Program’s Arts Ignite stream to support the development and presentation of the exhibition at Umbrella Studio Contemporary Arts in 2019.
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; the Visual Arts and Craft Strategy, an initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments; and is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.