Kumantjayi, 2010 by Rhett Hammerton

image of Kumantjayi 2010 by Rhett Hammerton

Artist's statement

Kumantjayi Raggett comes from Luritja country. His 13 years have been tumultuous, being raised by family and having little contact with his biological parents. Despite learning difficulties, Kumantjayi speaks West Arrernte, Luritja, and Pitjantjatjara as well as English. Whilst being educated in the traditional ways of his heritage, the influence of Western culture, in particular gangster rap, is a persistent distraction. 'Kumantjayi' is a traditional name used to replace a person's original name when it is the same as, or similar to, that of a deceased person.