Iwantja Men's Collaborative
Kunmanara (Peter) Mungkuri OA
This painting is a collaboration between senior men and highly regarded Elders and cultural leaders Alec Baker and Kunmanara Mungkuri, together with younger man Eric Barney. It is a strong declaration of the artists' Yankunytjatjara cultural heritage, and they each represent Ngura (Country) that holds significance for them.
"Painting [collaboratively] like this is one way that we teach our younger people; by sitting down painting together, talking and singing our stories." – Alec Baker
About the Artist
Iwantja Arts is located in the Indulkana Community on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in the remote north-west of South Australia. The Iwantja Men�s Collaborative included senior men and highly regarded Elders Alec Baker and Kunmanara (Peter) Mungkuri OAM (1946�2020), together with the younger Eric Barney.
Kunmanara Mungkuri was born in the bush near what is now the Kaltjiti/Fregon Community, growing up living a traditional Anangu existence with his parents and siblings. His paintings detailed his extensive knowledge of Country and Anangu culture, and reflected on his experiences working the land as a stockman.
�All us tjilpi (old men) used to be stockmen; we went everywhere working together: Mimili, Kenmore Park, Granite Downs � ; we had a good time working and didn�t worry about other things. We had a whole herd of horses; back then we were all cowboys. These things, and everything here, is my memory � my knowledge; I like to paint the memories of my Country.� � Kunmanara Mungkuri.
Alec Baker was born at Shirley Well and raised in a traditional Anangu existence with his family on their ancestral Country. As well as a highly regarded stockman, Alec is recognised as a respected Elder, cultural authority and a leader in his community.
�I�m thinking when I�m making my paintings, how to make a good painting, a strong one. Sometimes I�m thinking about the colours, sometimes I�m just thinking from my memory all the Country I�ve been at, all the stories I have.� � Alec Baker
Eric Barney grew up in Indulkana Community, where he continues to live and work. Working with Iwantja Arts since 2008, Eric is a dedicated painter as well as an arts worker, preparing canvases and providing studio support for his fellow artists. Eric has been mentored on painting technique and cultural protocol by the senior men at Iwantja Arts, and has worked alongside these Elders on collaborative artwork projects.