True Colours, 2016
Daniel Mudie Cunningham, True Colours, 2016
Recalling the site of the Cronulla riots a decade after the event, Daniel Mudie Cunningham’s True Colours remakes Cyndi Lauper’s hit music video of the same name. The stylised beach setting in the original 'True Colors' video is reimagined as Cronulla, a lurid scene awash with the true blue colours of Australian nationalism. Since its release more than thirty years ago, Lauper’s song has become an enduring gay anthem, often being used in support of her activism for LGBTQI communities. In his remake, Cunningham amplifies these connotations as a device to ‘queer’ the distorted symbols of Australian nationalism that initiated the homosocial mob violence and territorial tribalism performed at Cronulla that day.

HD single channel video with sound, 4:06 min
Performers: Daniel Mudie Cunningham, Adonis, Rei Robinson, Rubana Huda, Nell Schofield, Abdul Abdullah
Director & Producer: Daniel Mudie Cunningham
Co-Director: Don Cameron
Director of Photography: Susan Stitt ACS
Editor: Vera Hong  
Production & Costume Designer: Sarah Contos
Makeup: Adonis
Camera Assistants: Dan Abbot, Matt Wong
Music: True Colors by Cyndi Lauper, 1986
Edition of 5  + 2 AP
Solo exhibitions:
True Colours, Alaska Projects, 2016
True Colours, MAMA, 2017
Are You There? Wollongong Art Gallery, 2023
Group exhibitions:
Channel Surfing, The Walls, 2016
Fishers Ghost, Campbelltown Arts Centre, 2016
New Acquisitions, Wollongong Gallery, 2017
Sauced Material, Goulburn Gallery, 2018
Night Watch, Gold Coast Comm Games Fest, 2018
Summer Love, Wollongong Gallery, 2019
Uncertain Territory, Artbank, 2019
Thinking Through Pink, Wollongong Art Gallery, 2023
Wollongong Art Gallery
Murray Art Museum Albury
Western Sydney University