Vincent Namatjira presents a new series Unknown Soldiers as part of groundbreaking exhibition initiated by the young men of the APY Lands (including Namatjira), bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian artists to examine complex themes of weaponry, warfare, and protecting land and Country.
“In many ways the contributions of Aboriginal soldiers in the Australian army have been overlooked. A lot of young Aboriginal men fought for this country, travelled overseas and never came home, even though they weren’t treated with dignity and respect in Australia at the time. Despite the huge sacrifices these men made, their stories remain hidden, camouflaged in history. With this project, I’m trying to bring these unknown soldiers stories to the forefront.” Vincent Namatjira