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Mammmmmmmywata Presents Life Solutions International – Alberta Whittle

Thu 8 April 2021 @ 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Sunday and Saturday, repeating until Sun May 2, 2021

An event every week that begins at 9:00 am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until Sun May 2, 2021

Mammmmmmmywata Presents Life Solutions International – Alberta Whittle

Exhibition on at Cairns Art Gallery.


This powerful installation continues the Gallery’s international research interest in complex narratives around blackness and cultural identity.


Alberta Whittle was born in 1980 in Barbados, and works between Barbados, Scotland and South Africa. She has developed a visual, oral and textual language to question accepted Western constructs of history and society and the legacies of slavery, colonialism and the current climate crisis.


Incorporating film, sculpture, performance, photography, and digital collage, Whittle creates interactive installations to confront colonial history and start important conversations about healing and reparations. The artist explains that ‘Mammmmmmmywata is a mythological avatar whose mission is to facilitate new mechanisms for discussing decolonization and memory. She is based on the creolised, mythological figure of Mami Wata, as well as Yemanjá in Brazil, mamlambo in South Africa and Maman de l’Eau in Trinidad. Rooted in belief systems from West Africa…she has landed in Scotland, appearing in videos, encouraging us to get WOKE, advertising her powers to decolonize from within and demanding REPARATIONS NOW… The convenient amnesia of Scotland in disavowing its role within the slave trade is a significant cause for concern, necessitating a demand for reparations.’


Cost: FREE


Open 7 days a week with extended hours:

Monday to Friday – 9.00am to 6.00pm
Saturday and Sunday – 9.00am to 5.00pm

Easter long weekend: Good Friday (2/4) – Closed / Easter Saturday (3/4), Easter Sunday (4/4) and Easter Monday (5/4) – 9.00am to 5.00pm
Anzac Day: Anzac Day (25/4) – Closed / Anzac Day Public Holiday (26/4) – Closed


Cairns Art Gallery
40 Abbott St
Cairns, Queensland 4870 Australia
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