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May 11, 2023
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Nura Rupert: Mamu and Mischief

28 April—26 May 2023

  • Main image: Thomas McCammon
  • This article was produced in collaboration with Nexus Arts.

Curated by Elizabeth Close, Nura Rupert: Mamu and Mischief features paintings and prints by Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands artist Nura Rupert.


Nura Rupert: Mamu and Mischief
28 April—26 May
Nexus Arts Gallery
Lion Arts Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide 5000
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Kami Nura was a Ngangkari – a traditional Aṉangu healer. Nura could see Mamu (bad spirits) and the ways in which the papa tjuta (camp dogs) protected Aṉangu from Mamu.

These works give a precious glimpse through the eyes of a Ngangkari who could see more than most.

Mamu and Mischief draws on works housed by Flinders University Museum of Art, including from the Ernabella Archive.

The exhibition is supported by Arts South Australia and is an outcome of the In_Site: First Nations Emerging Curator program, which is a partnership between Nexus Arts and Flinders University Museum of Art.

Nura Rupert, 1933 – 2016, Pitjantjatjara people, South Australia, ‘Camela’, 2004, printed by Basil Hall. © the artist / Ernabella Arts Inc, image courtesy FUMA


Mamu and Mischief is exhibiting until Friday, 26 May at Nexus Arts.

For more information, visit the website.

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