Stolen Generation memories told through art

The vivid memories of a member of the Stolen Generation have been expressed in a new exhibition on display at the Port Pirie Regional Art Gallery. 

Member for Frome Geoff Brock officially opened the exhibition last Thursday.

The display features the work of Kunyi June Anne McInerney, and using vibrant colours and facial expressions, she tells her story of being taken away from her mother and her time in care at a mission in Oodnadatta. 

“I want to tell my story, so they don’t ever do it again,” she said.

“They took away my family, my culture and who I could have been.

“These are not fairy tales. They are true and I want people to understand.”

Steve Saffell, chief executive officer of Country Arts SA, said the Stolen Generation was a topic known to be a significant part of recent Australian history but it was one that seemed to be shielded from public view and not widely spoken about.

“It is important to recognise that while it is considered history, the repercussions of this time have an ongoing impact on the lives of many people to this day,” he said.

“Like a picture book without words, Kunyi’s beautifully detailed artworks speak to her memories of that time.”

The exhibit is at the gallery until January 13.