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25-May-2016
25-May-2016

Photographs supplied by Russell Byers

The Aboriginal Memorial is an installation of 200 hollow log coffins (burial poles) from Central Arnhem Land. It commemorates all the indigenous people who, since 1788, have lost their lives defending their land. The artists who created this installation intended that it be located in a public place where it could be preserved for future generations.

It was conceived by Djon (John) Mundine in 1987-88 and realised by 43 artists from Ramingining and neighbouring communities of Central Arnhem Land, in the Northern Territory. Artists who participated in its creation included David Malangi and George Milpurrurru. The work was created to coincide with the Australian Bicentenary and commemorates those Indigenous Australians who died as a result of European settlement.

It was acquired by the National Gallery of Australia, where it is on permanent display. Its first exhibition was at the Sydney Biennale in 1988, and it was the centrepiece of an exhibition of Indigenous art at Russia's Hermitage Museum in 2000. As of 2014 it stands at the entry to the National Gallery's new building that opened in September 2010.

Location

Address:Parkes Place, National Gallery , Parkes, 2600
State:ACT
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.300278
Long: 149.136175
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:Indigenous
Monument Designer:Ramingining artists

Dedication

Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1988
Source: MA
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