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Kunyi June Anne McInerney: My Paintings Speak For Me


Kunyi June Anne McInerney,  Mission Buildings with Dining Area , 2017, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 91 cm. On loan from the Migration Museum, a division of the History Trust of South Australia. Image courtesy of the artist.

Kunyi June Anne McInerney, Mission Buildings with Dining Area, 2017, acrylic on canvas, 61 x 91 cm. On loan from the Migration Museum, a division of the History Trust of South Australia. Image courtesy of the artist.

Curated by Maggie Fletcher

In this exhibition, South Australian artist Kunyi June Anne McInerney draws upon childhood experiences as a member of the Stolen Generation in the Oodnadatta Children’s Home during the 1950’s. Kunyi’s vibrant use of colour, facial expression, and depiction of landscape document her memories and reflect on the strict life with other mission kids who became her only family. Kunyi’s paintings and stories reveal an often-invisible part of Australian history.

In the artist’s words, Kunyi says “these are my stories from a dry remote place where my experiences were so different from what Australian children know today. I want to tell my story, so they don’t ever do it again. They took away my family, my culture and who I could have been. These are not fairy tales, they are true. I want people to understand what happened. Painting is the best way for me to tell my stories.”

My Paintings Speak For Me is a sensitive exploration of the experiences of cultural loss, separation from family, and finding fun times amongst hardship.

This is a Country Arts SA touring exhibition.

Country Arts SA is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

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Earlier Event: December 21
SYRIA LOST: Sandra Elms and Tony Kearney
Later Event: March 22
29th Murray Bridge Rotary Art Show