Mr Wanambi

Destiny

Presented by Michael Reid Art Bar + Sydney + Berlin
24 June—23 July 2022

In early 2022, the Michael Reid team began working towards a solo exhibition with renowned Yolŋu artist Mr Wanambi, alongside the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre in Yirrkala. In early May the Australian art community was saddened by the sudden passing of Mr Wanambi.

The artist’s family and the team at Yirrkala are fully aware of what this exhibition meant to Mr Wanambi. His family have requested that the exhibition continue as planned.

Mr. Wanambi’s family have authorised the use of his name in written form but request that it not be spoken aloud in the presence of people from Arnhem Land or in the Miwatj region. His spirit has a long journey to go on, to return to his origin point. Calling his name aloud could distract and delay his spirit’s return in a new form. His family have authorised the use of his preferred title ‘Destiny’.

Mr. Wanambi’s legacy is vast and unfolding, and we are honoured to share his boundary pushing talents & unbreakable vision with you.

‘Destiny’ takes place across our galleries in Sydney, Berlin and marks the grand opening of Michael Reid Art Bar.

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