Yangamini (Tiwi; Gulumirrgin; Warlpiri; Kunwinjku; Yolŋu; Wardaman; Karajarri; Gurindji; Burarra, Australia)

Members: Crystal Love Johson Kerinauia; Francis Jules Kapijiyi Orsto; Ainsley Kerinauia; Nadine Lee and Jens ‘Johnita’ Cheung

UNSW Galleries

Yangamini (“holes” in Tiwi) is a guerilla collective initiated by Tiwi-Warlpiri Sistagirl elder Crystal Love Johnson Kerinauia, consisting of trans and non-binary First Nations and allied communities. The collective accommodates First Nations sexual minorities who seek refuge from the rigid gender customs of mainland communities. Yangamini strengthens gender-fluid bush knowledge and challenges missionary sexual oppression, rentier violence, racialised governance, economic control, rhetorical sustainability, and mining extractions in the settler Northern Territory. 

Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney and the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain with generous assistance from the Australian Government through Creative Australia, its principal arts investment and advisory body.