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Mutuka Rikina! (Flash Car!)

Cassandra Raymond, Ilawanti Ungkutjuru Ken, Anita Pan, Noreen Heffernan
Tjanpi (desert grass), hand-dyed raffia, acrylic wool, wire, repurposed metal and plastic from discarded prams, trolleys, toys and abandoned cars,
46 x 63 x 110 cm
Tjanpi Desert Weavers


In the remote Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yangkantjatjara (APY) Lands, beloved mutukas are always traversing the endless red dirt tracks. The glittering and the rusted can be seen tackling the rugged off-road terrain and cruising through the streets of community. The travellers inside may be going to visit family afar, heading out hunting for perentie, or are perhaps on their way to the local waterhole for a swim with the tji tji (children) during the relentless summer heat. The low-riding Holden Commodore, the hardy Toyota Troopy, the robust Holden Rodeo Ute, the NPY Womens Council Hilux; these distinctive vehicles make up the eclectic and charismatic fleet of bush cars honoured in these works. Technical assistance provided by Emma Franklin, Mary Barton and Lucy Smith.

Desert Mob is presented annually in Mparntwe | Alice Springs on Arrernte Country.

On behalf of Desart’s staff and art centre members, the Executive Committee humbly and respectfully acknowledge the Arrernte Apmereke Artweye (Traditional Owners) and Kwertengerle (Traditional Managers) of Mparntwe.


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