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Kunyi June Anne McInerney

For this exhibition Kunyi June Anne McInerney draws upon her childhood experiences as a member of the Stolen Generation growing up in the Oodnadatta Children’s Home during the 1950’s.

Kunyi’s vibrant use of colour, facial expression and depiction of landscape document her memories and reflect on the strict life she had alongside other mission kids who became her only family. Her paintings and stories have now been collated by curator Maggie Fletcher, and have been published into a book.

“These are my stories from a dry, remote place where my experiences were so different from what Australian children know today. I want to tell my story, so they don’t ever do it again. They took away my family, my culture and who I could have been. These are not fairy tales, they are true. I want people to understand what happened. Painting is the best way for me to tell my stories,”

– Kunyi June Anne McInerney

This is a Country Arts SA touring exhibition.