mudunama kundana wandaraba jarribirri

Judy Watson



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Judy Watson is one of Australia’s most globally collected and exhibited artists. Her practice is centred on truth-telling as a Waanyi woman, particularly in relation to environmental protection; historic government policies concerning Indigenous Australians; and collecting institutions that house cultural material often acquired under distressing circumstances. She refers to her research-driven practice as ‘rattling the bones of the archive’.

mudunama kundana wandaraba jarribirri: Judy Watson is the first Australian state gallery monograph published on Watson and includes paintings, videos, sculptures and select print works from key moments in her 30-year career. Its title, from a poem in Waanyi language by the artist’s son Otis Carmichael, translates as ‘tomorrow the tree grows stronger’.

This beautifully designed hard-cover book features an in-depth examination of Watson’s practice and biography by curator Katina Davidson; essay on Watson’s international significance by Métis curator Tarah Hogue; interview with and photographs of family members; creative response to Watson’s work by Wiradjuri poet Jazz Money; and a map of north-west Queensland and photographs of sites of significance to aid audience’s understanding of the connections between Watson’s work and Country. It also features an up-to-date Exhibition history and Selected bibliography.

Additional information

Weight 1290 g
Dimensions 21.7 x 28.8 cm
Publisher name Queensland Art Gallery
Publication date 25 March 2024
Number of pages 244
Format Hardback
Contributors Contributions by Jazz Money
Dimensions 21.7 x 28.8 cm
Weight 1290 g


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Katina Davidson is Curator, Indigenous Australian Art, at QAGOMA, and curator of 'mudunama kundana wandaraba jarribirri: Judy Watson'.

Tarah Hogue is Curator (Indigenous Art) at Remai Modern in Saskatoon, Canada. Her recent exhibitions include Storied Objects: Métis Art in Relation (2022); Maanipokaa'iini (2021); and An apology, a pill, a ritual, a resistance (2021). Hogue is a citizen of the Métis Nation as well as having white settler ancestry.

Jazz Money is a Wiradjuri poet and artist whose first poetry collection, how to make a basket (2021) won the 2020 David Unaipon Award. Their first feature film is WINHANGANHA 2023, commissioned by the National Film and Sound Archive.