AIATSIS Collections: Likan’mirri II

Dates & times

Thu 8 November — Sun 16 December 2012

Image: Simon Nganbe
Kanamkek Kimul (The Legend of Kumangoor)
c.1960, natural pigments on particle board, 183.3 x 123 cm. AIATSIS Art Collection: ATS 662


The Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies was established in the early 1960s by an Act of Parliament. Anthropological as AIATSIS’ initial agenda was, many of the individual collectors involved in its early years were motivated by a passionate appreciation of the enduring qualities of indigenous society and this is reflected in the richness of the Institute’s vast collection.

This exhibition follows on from the 2004 exhibition Likan’mirri that was exhibited at the Drill Hall Gallery and showcased a selection of key art pieces from the AIATSIS collection. For Likan’mirri II guest curator Wally Caruana revisits this wonderful resource to make a selection of recently acquired works which are contextualised by rare works from the archive that are of major historical and cultural significance. Many of the works included in the exhibition have never before been on public display.

The exhibition is presented by the Australian National University Centre for Indigenous Studies in association with the Drill Hall Gallery and is a collaborative project of AIATSIS.

Curated by Wally Caruana.


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