In early 2022, the Michael Reid team began working towards a solo exhibition with renowned Yolŋu artist Mr Wanambi, alongside the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre in Yirrkala. In early May, we were devastated by the news of his sudden passing.

The artist’s family and the team at Yirrkala are fully aware of what this exhibition meant to him. His family have requested that the exhibition continue as planned. It is a great tragedy that this exhibition will take place posthumously.

Mr. Wanambi’s family have authorised the use of his name in written form but request that it not be spoken aloud in the presence of people from Arnhem Land or in the Miwatj region. His spirit has a long journey to go on, to return to his origin point. Calling his name aloud could distract and delay his spirit’s return in a new form. His family have authorised the use of his preferred title ‘Destiny’.

‘Destiny’ will take place across our galleries in Sydney and Berlin, as well as mark the grand opening of our new space, Michael Reid Art Bar. Mr Wanambi’s legacy is vast and unfolding, and we look forward to sharing his boundary pushing talents & unbreakable vision with you.

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