Wagga Wagga Art Gallery | Daniel Mudie Cunningham - Proud Mary
Image: Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Proud Mary 2007/2012/2017, video with sound (video stills).
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery is proud to present the video work Proud Mary by acclaimed contemporary artist Daniel Mudie Cunningham, screening in The Channel from Saturday 28 October.
Daniel Mudie Cunningham is a Sydney-based artist, curator and cultural critic, active since the mid-1990s. His practice draws upon and remixes the image streams of art history, queer politics, pop culture, performance and music through video and performance.
Proud Mary is Daniel’s funeral song. Daniel has been obsessed by Tina Turner’s version of Proud Mary since seeing her perform live in Sydney in 1991 and 1993. The sublime experience of seeing a powder keg like Tina perform the song inspired its selection as the key song in the mix-tape of his forthcoming funeral.
First conceived alongside his installation Funeral Songs in 2007, Daniel’s lip-synced video performance of Proud Mary references the many times his friends have witnessed him spontaneously imitate her dance moves at parties.
Upon re-performing the work in an underground carpark in Sydney in 2012, Daniel made a self-initiated promise to document his aging process by re-staging the performance every five years until his death. For the 2017 version the artist ‘rolls down the river’ of a decrepit empty swimming pool found in New Norfolk, Tasmania.
Daniel Mudie Cunningham has presented in solo and group exhibitions across Australia, and his work is held in multiple private and public collections including the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) in Hobart, the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA), and the City of Sydney Civic Collection. He has curated exhibitions at a wide variety of institutions and venues including MONA, Carriageworks in Sydney and Gertrude Contemporary in Melbourne.