Indigenart is pleased to present Identity and Country, an exhibition of recent works by some of the leading artists of Ramingining and Maningrida in Central Arnhem Land.
The inspiration for bringing these two communities together to share exhibition space came from the fact that many of the artists represented come from the Burrara clan and share country.
Artists exhibited include Roy Burrnyila, Dorothy Djukulul and Charlie Djurritjini from Ramingining, and Desmond Pascoe, Jimmy Ngalakurn and Johnny Buningnyera from Maningrida. The exhibition includes paintings, sculptures and log coffins.
This collection reflects the artists’ religious and physical worlds.
Although different technologies have altered the way in which artists approach their work practically, the essence of the pieces remains as strong as ever. By painting, artists intensify their bond with their own territory and with ancestral beings whose power and life force is released by the act of painting. The artwork serves to uphold sacred laws and sing in ochre the stories of the creation of the natural world and their own place within it.
Part of the exhibition is formed by the impressive collection of log coffins.
This exhibition makes an important statement; two communities, united by shared land, reflect on two of humanities most fundamental issues – identity and country. Visitors will come away enriched and delighted.