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Yarrenyty Arltere Artists and Tangentyere Artists
Blak Parliament House

Creation date: 2021 Location: Gallery 12
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Yarrenyty Arltere Artists and Tangentyere Artists, Blak Parliament House, 2021, commissioned by the National Gallery of Australia, Kamberri/Canberra for the 4th National Indigenous Art Triennial: Ceremony. Courtesy the artists, Yarrenyty Arltere Artists and Tangentyere Artists.

Artist Marlene Rubuntja on Blak Parliament House

Art, it’s like, giving us power. Push you through so many things that you've never been before.

It makes us keep going, and it makes us proud. It makes us strong in our heart.

So we want everyone to see that we are part of Australia and um, we want to show them that our art is part of this country.

It's part of us. Yeah.

This Parliament House is for everyone. White, Aboriginal and any other colour. It belongs to the community. It does not just belong to those white men me and Milton always see talking on TV. People like my father and other old strong people weren’t scared to talk. They talked for their people, for their Country. They talked because they really wanted things to be better for their people. Not just words, but feelings, too.

I think I’m following in my father’s footsteps and my brother, Mervyn, too. We [are] not ashamed to talk, not scared of those people in that Parliament House in Kamberri/Canberra. They better listen because we really have something to say: really good, kind and strong for everyone and for Country.

— Marlene Rubuntja, 2021