Dr. Djambawa Marawili AM | Journey to America

Dr. Djambawa Marawili AM

Journey to America, 2019

Americalili Marrtji

Clan

Maḏarrpa

Clan

Bäru

"I went to the United States when they put up an exhibition of my paintings at Kluge-Ruhe. During this time, I traveled around the United States and saw other Yolŋu paintings in museums. A fire came up into my chest seeing those old paintings. So, I and other Yolŋu went back and forth to the United States, looking at all the paintings there and working on the curation of this exhibition. Yes, the Statue of Liberty, I visited it, went right up to it and looked at it, and when I returned to Bäniyala, I made a painting of it that won a prestigious art award [First Prize, National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards, 2019]. That was my own original painting—not my own place; the place of that painting is a faraway place (whose, I do not know). But I went there and saw that, and just sort of brought it back home. "

– Dr. Djambawa Marawili AM

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– Dr. Djambawa Marawili AM

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Decade

2019

Medium

Natural pigments on eucalyptus bark

Dimensions (IN)

106 5/16 x 39 3/8

Dimensions (CM)

270 x 100

Credit

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia. The 2017-19 Kluge-Ruhe Maḏayin Commission. Purchased with funds provided by Geoffrey Hassall OAM and Virginia Milson, 2020. 2020.0001.001.

Clan

Maḏarrpa

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Narrative

Bäru

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Location

Bäniyala

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Location

Yathikpa

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Location

2010

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About The Artist

Clan

Dates

Born 1953

Alternative Names

Dr. Djambawa Marawili AM

Djambawa Marawili AM is an acclaimed painter, sculptor and printmaker, and is a principal ceremonial leader of the Maḏarrpa clan of the Yolŋu people. He uses art as a tool in his practice as a cultural leader, and many of his artworks express the deep connection of Yolngu people to water and sea. In 1996 he won the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award for the Best Bark Painting for a painting that is in the Kluge-Ruhe Collection. A leader in the interface between non-Aboriginal and Yolngu people, Marawili led a successful campaign resulting in federal recognition of Yolngu sea rights in 2008. He was chosen by the Australian Prime Minister as a member of the National Indigenous Advisory Panel in 2013 and was named a Member of the Order of Australia. In 2019 he was awarded first prize in the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards for his painting Americalili Marrtji | Journey to America, produced for the Maḏayin commission.