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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.

Marcia Langton, 2013

Juno Gemes

inkjet print on paper (sheet: 58.3 cm x 44.7 cm, image: 49.5 cm x 37.2 cm, frame: depth 4.3 cm)

Marcia Langton AM (b. 1951) is Associate Provost and Foundation Chair and Professor of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne. A descendant of the Yiman and Bidjara nations of Queensland, she has written widely on Aboriginal land tenure, agreement-making, art and film in publications including Burning Questions: Emerging Environmental Issues for Indigenous Peoples in Northern Australia (1998), Settling with Indigenous People (2006), The Quiet Revolution: Indigenous people and the resources boom (2013) and Welcome to Country: A travel guide to Indigenous Australia (2018). Langton is a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences of Australia, a member of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) and a board member of the Cape York Institute for Policy and Leadership and is a frank and forceful presence in the Australian media. In 2016 she was named a Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor of the University of Melbourne.

Many of Juno Gemes’s portraits of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander activists and leaders were exhibited in Proof: Portraits from the Movement 1978-2003 at the National Portrait Gallery in 2003.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Purchased 2015
© Juno Gemes

Accession number: 2015.132

Currently not on display

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Artist and subject

Juno Gemes (age 69 in 2013)

Professor Marcia Langton AO (age 62 in 2013)

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Magazine article, 2017

Brook Andrew, Marcia Langton and Anthony Mundine.

Interview with Marcia Langton, Brook Andrew and Trent Walter video: 12 minutes
Interview with Marcia Langton, Brook Andrew and Trent Walter video: 12 minutes
Interview with Marcia Langton, Brook Andrew and Trent Walter video: 12 minutes
Interview with Marcia Langton, Brook Andrew and Trent Walter video: 12 minutes

Marcia Langton, Brook Andrew and Trent Walter

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Professor Marcia Langton, artist Brook Andrew and printer Trent Walter discuss the creation of Marcia's portrait.

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.