Eddie Janama Kitching EXHIBITION OPENING
Exhibition opens Thursday 6 May | 6-8pm | UNTiTLED gallery+studio | Exhibition runs 6 – 27 May 2021 | Gallery open Wed-Fri 11am – 4pm | Saturday 10am – 12pm
Local Darwin born and raised Mudburra Gurindji/Larrakia man Eddie comes from a large family of 8 sisters and 2 brothers.
Eddie and family members are part of the NT stolen generation.
Extended families live in the NT communities of Kalkrindji Daguragu,Pigeonhole, Yarralin, Katherine and Alice Springs.
Eddie’s Great-grandmother and grandmother was born at Walu Jara Jara (Cattle Creek) on Wave Hill station and his mother at Brocks Creek station. Eddies mother was removed by government authorities to Darwin, (Kahlin Compound) in 1924.
The Wave Hill area is famous in Australian history for the Wave Hill walk off where Aboriginal stockmen and their families walked of the station in protest for better working conditions, better pay and the struggle for Land Rights. The “Wave Hill” walk off is recognised as the first fight for land rights in Australia.
Learning of his Grandmothers and Larrakia Grandfathers country has been a lifelong journey for Eddie, one that has been integral to his creative practice. New ways of seeing has translated into new forms that represent the rich river systems, vegetation, the Landscape, Rocky Outcrops, and Escarpment country and sacred sites of both Grandparents country, and the surrounding areas of the Tanami desert and Living in Larrakia country all his life.
Eddie uses a particular layering technique that brings a strong and bold finish to his artwork. Eddie’s work has evolved over 40 years of painting and derives from travels through his Great Grandmother, Grandmother and mother’s country, and stories told by family members on the significance of the country.
EDDIE JANAMA KITCHING