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Tiga Bayles with Coloured Stone, Anti-nuclear demonstration at The Domain, Sydney

1986
Juno Gemes

silver gelatin photograph on paper (image: 15.6 cm x 22.4 cm, sheet: 20.3 cm x 25.4 cm)

Harold James Phillip 'Tiga' Bayles (1953–2016), a Birri Gubba Gungalu man, was a broadcaster and Aboriginal rights activist. Bayles created opportunities for First Nations Australians to develop, tell and listen to their own news and stories through the establishment of radio stations and programming. With an original line-up including brothers Bunna Lawrie, Neil Coaby and Mackie Coaby and their nephew Bruce Mundy, Coloured Stone were an early and influential First Nations rock band with a strong anti-racist agenda. Formed in 1977 in Koonibba, South Australia, Coloured Stone combined rock, ska and reggae with a range of Aboriginal instruments including clap sticks and the didgeridoo.

Best known for her work as a documentary photographer, Juno Gemes' images are often taken during the course of protests or performances. This portrait of Tiga Bayles with Coloured Stone was photographed a year prior to Bayles' appointment to the Chair of the New South Wales Aboriginal Land Rights Council as he addressed a crowd at a 1986 anti-nuclear demonstration in Sydney. A trailblazing figure in Australian radio broadcasting known for his fierce advocacy and commitment to land rights, Bayles' determination and fortitude comes across in his body language.

Gift of the artist 2021. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
© Juno Gemes/Copyright Agency, 2021

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Artist and subject

Juno Gemes (age 42 in 1986)

Tiga Bayles (age 33 in 1986)

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