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Join CCWM Curator Rebecca Conway for free floor talk and viewing of the exhibition Gululu dhuwala djalkiri

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Join CCWM Curator Rebecca Conway for free floor talk and viewing of the exhibition Gululu dhuwala djalkiri (Welcome to the Yolŋu foundations). Explore the exhibition with its curator and enjoy the opportunity to ask questions about the exhibition and the Museum’s collections.

For Yolŋu people, knowledge is shared and demonstrated through their art. Paintings and sculptures embody their spiritual, philosophical and legal foundations. In eastern Arnhem Land, Yolŋu people have been making art for millennia. Their art traces djalkiri (ancestral footsteps) and expresses Yolŋu Rom (Law). “The patterns and designs were laid down on the country and in the minds of Yolŋu by the ancestral beings at the time of creation. They have been passed on through the generations from our great grandparents, to our grandparents, to our parents, to us. They are the reality of this country. They tell us all who we are.” Djambawa Marawili AM

The 350 works in Gululu dhuwala djalkiri represent generations of Yolŋu artists and include pieces dating back to the period following the establishment of Methodist missions in the Yolŋu territories of Milingimbi and Yirrkala, the late 1920s and 1940s. Anthropologists from the University of Sydney acquired artworks and objects, and took photographs in these communities, as an integral part of their research. The exhibition also features a large number of artworks from the JW Power collection, acquired in the 1980s through Djon Mundine, a Bandjalung curator and then Art Advisor for the Ramingining community.

Image: Gululu dhuwala Djalkiri, exhibition view, 2021, Chau Chak Wing Museum.

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