Exhibitions by Kunyi June Anne McInerney, Mallee photographers open in Murraylands

The stolen generation is the focus of an exhibition by South Australian artist Kunyi June Anne McInerney which opens at Tailem Bend's Coorong Gallery today.

My Paintings Speak for Me reflects on the artist's experiences growing up in a strict children's home at Oodnadatta in the 1950s.

Like countless other Aboriginal children during the 20th century, she had been forcibly removed from her Yankunytjatjara mother at the age of four.

"These are my stories from a dry, remote place where my experiences were so different from what Australian children know today," Ms McInerney said.

"I want to tell my story so they don't ever do it again.

"They took away my family, my culture and who I could have been.

"These are not fairy tales, they are true.

"I want people to understand what happened."

The exhibition premiered at Adelaide's Migration Museum in 2018 before touring the state, including a stop in Murray Bridge.

It will remain at Tailem Bend until February 7.

Meanwhile, an exhibition which takes a photographic look at the South Australian and Victorian Mallee opened at Murray Bridge Regional Gallery on Sunday.

Through the ongoing and collective project Mallee Routes, five photographic artists attempt to offer an insight into the ways which the history and culture of the Mallee is perceived.

Based in realist and topographical traditions, their works draw attention to the ordinariness of space and the idea of the unseen.

The project also has a historical perspective that connects with the idea of mythic landscapes.

Included in the project are South Australian artists Gary Sauer-Thompson, Gilbert Roe and Lars Heldmann.