In 2014 Jenny Munro began the Redfern Tent Embassy to protest the establishment of a commercial precinct on the area known as ‘The Block’ in Redfern, Sydney. After more than 400 days of occupation, the Redfern Tent Embassy declared a victory, with $5 million committed by the Australian Government to guarantee the construction of low cost housing for poor Aboriginal people.
Jenny Munro continues to fight for Aboriginal rights and sovereignty, motivated by what she sees as a system that continues to oppress Aboriginal Australians. Jenny says “the system has removed hope for our children, I grew up with hope, and I still maintain hope for our young people, but the system doesn’t give it to them, that’s why we have an epidemic of suicide in our young people, everyone needs hope to cling on to.”
Matt Adnate is one of street art's most influential big wall painters. His works portraying indigenous children have captivated viewers around the world. Adnate strongly believes in giving back to the communities to which his subjects belong.
Beyond deepening his own understanding of Aboriginal culture, Adnate hopes that his art might trigger greater public engagement with indigenous issues. “When I first started painting Australian indigenous culture, it was a life changer for me.”
Growing up as a graffiti writer has given Adnate a strong understanding of the power of street art, and he is keenly aware of the potential impact of this portrait, given its size and location. “People pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for billboards in CBD locations. To have a large-scale portrait of someone like Jenny Munro in the city, it’s going to push the awareness of the struggle of Aboriginal culture and the Aboriginal people today.”