Djon Mundine OAM is a foundational figure in the criticism, development and exhibition of contemporary Aboriginal art, and is widely respected as an intellectual and cultural leader. A sought-after and innovative curator, the quality and volume of his writing and public speaking is a testimony to his influence, national and international reach.
A commitment to grass-roots practice and development underlies his work with artists and communities across Australia, and he has held senior curatorial positions in national and international institutions.
His insistence that “Art is a social act” underlies his practice, cultural leadership and working methodologies, reflecting a contemporary application of sophisticated social technologies and diplomacy characteristic of Aboriginal society. Throughout his career, he has adhered steadfastly to a recurring theme: that Aboriginal people be recognised—as First People in all their diversity, and as part of the Constitution.
Mundine won The Australia Council's 2020 Red Ochre Award for Lifetime Achievement and is currently an independent curator of contemporary Indigenous art and cultural mentor.