Warakurna: All the Stories Got Into Our Minds and Eyes

Camel Cull, 2012, by Eunice Yunurupa Porter, courtesy Warakurna Artists, from the collection of the National Museum of Australia.

29 August 2014–30 November 2014

10am - 5pm daily
Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery Special Exhibition Space

Admission

Free

Warakurna: All the Stories Got into our Minds and Eyes is an exhibition of contemporary works that document a new art movement emerging from the Western Desert community of Warakurna.

These paintings combine familiar Western Desert symbols and dots with a more figurative style to re-create scenes of everyday life and to tell historical and contemporary stories. The works are the creative vision of a group of artists including Eunice Yunurupa Porter, Judith Yinyika Chambers, Dianne Ungukalpi Golding, Jean Inyalanka Burke and Dorcas Tinamayi Bennett.

The Warakurna paintings are more than simply art – they remember the people and recount the events that have influenced the artists’ lives, ranging from the impact of mining and weapons testing, to community participation in the 2000 Olympics and a visit by the rock band Midnight Oil.

The exhibition is organised into five modules, which provide visitors with a broad outline of the history of the Warakurna community:

  1. Our community
  2. Early days
  3. Back to the land
  4. They came to our land
  5. Living in our land

  

Image above: Camel Cull, 2012, by Eunice Yunurupa Porter, courtesy Warakurna Artists, from the collection of the National Museum of Australia.

Sponsor lockup

Warakurna: All the stories got into our minds and eyes is a travelling exhibition developed and presented by the National Museum of Australia.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.