​Mulka Yata//The Knowledge of Place / 7 June 2024 - 20 September 2024

Image: Kristian Coulthard, Akurra Miru (curved male serpent, with echidna quills) and Akurra Ngarri Mudlanha (curved female serpent, with feathers), 2017-2024, installation view, 2024, Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia. Akurra Ngarri Mudlanha is part of the South Australian Museum Collection. Photography by Grant Hancock. Courtesy of Samstag Museum of Art.

Samstag Galleries 1 and 3

Featuring Kristian Coulthard, Clem Coulthard, Ted Coulthard and Winnie Ryan (Adnyamathanha) with Sasha Grbich / Antony Hamilton / Kyoko Hashimoto and Guy Keulemans / John R Walker / Music performance and sculpture by Dylan Crismani and Christopher Crismani (Wiradjuri/European) / Film featuring Kristian Coulthard by Malcolm McKinnon and Jared Thomas.

Dating back to the Earth’s earliest continent formation, known as the Adelaide Geosyncline, this mountainous region was established hundreds of millions of years before the dinosaurs roamed. It contains the Warratyi rock shelter, the oldest known site of human habitation on the continent and the ancestral home to the Adnyamathanha people for the past 50,000 years.

This group exhibition presents new work alongside historic material, transcribing a place through sculpture, sound, painting and video. Mulka Yata/The Knowledge of Place illuminates the ancient landscapes, histories and peoples encompassing the Ikara-Flinders Ranges region of South Australia, proposing an historically layered, geological and cross-cultural conception of place.

A Samstag Museum of Art exhibition with the South Australian Museum, curated by Erica Green, Samstag, and Jared Thomas (Nukunu), South Australian Museum.

Catalogue essay by Darren Jorgensen with an introduction by Erica Green.




Samstag Museum of Art, University of South Australia, acknowledges the Kaurna people as traditional custodians of the land upon which the Museum stands.