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Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori


58 €

From July 3 to November 6, 2022, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain will present the first exhibition of Aboriginal Australian artist Sally Gabori (c. 1924–2015) in Europe. Born around 1924 on the remote Bentinck Island in the north of Australia, she lived a traditional life as part of the Aboriginal Kaiadilt community before being displaced to the nearby Mornington Island in 1948. It was not until 2005 that she created her first painting, and over the next 10 years, until her death in 2015, she would embrace her newfound gift for spontaneous creativity, creating over 2,000 paintings of startling originality.

Gathering more than 90 works, including those presented at the Fondation Cartier, the catalog offers to discover the singular and colorful work of this extraordinary painter, who is one of Australia’s most important artists.

With contributions by Nicholas Evans—anthropologist and linguist, specialist of traditional languages and of the Kaiadilt community—by Bruce Johnson McLean and by Judith Ryan AM—Aboriginal art specialists.

Editor Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris
Languages French and English versions

Hardback, 30 × 28.5 cm, 268 pages, 6 fold-out pages
190 color and black and white reproductions

Design Lacasta Design, Madrid / Paris
ISBN 978-2-86925-172-4
Release July 2022

Nicholas Evans

An anthropologist and linguist, Nicholas Evans has carried out fieldwork on several Indigenous languages of northern Australia and Papua New Guinea, including Bininj Gun-wok, Dalabon, Nen and Kayardilt, which he speaks fluently. His first linguistic fieldwork was with the Kaiadilt people of Bentinck Island; he was adopted as the son of their tribal leader Darwin Moodoonuthi and his wife May in 1982, creating bonds that have endured ever since.


Bruce Johnson McLean

Bruce Johnson McLean is a member of the Wierdi aboriginal community of the Birri Gubba Nation in the state of Queensland, north-eastern Australia. Since 2020, Bruce Johnson McLean has held the post of Barbara Jean Humphreys Assistant Director, First Nations Engagement at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra. He was formerly Curator of Indigenous Australian Art at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, where he curated in 2016 the first major retrospective on the work of Sally Gabori, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori: Dulka Warngiid – Land of All.


Judith Ryan

Judith Ryan AM began her art museum career at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne in 1977, where she was Senior Curator of Indigenous Art on her retirement in 2021. She contributed to planning, initiating and advancing the NGV’s Indigenous Art Collection from 1987 onwards. In 2016, she curated the NGV’s presentation of the retrospective on Sally Gabori’s work, Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori: Dulka Warngiid – Land of All, first presented that year at the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane.