image at left – Kade McDonald, Wäka Munuŋgurr, Djambawa Marawili AM and Margo Smith AM speaking at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, 2017.
This day of conversations and short films will feature Yolŋu artists and leaders, curators, art historians and anthropologists exploring Yolŋu art and culture from a rich variety of perspectives.
STEWARDING THE LAND: How have Yolŋu people always practiced environmental stewardship? How does this practice connect to painting? How does it relate to Yolŋu land rights over the past eight decades?
HARVESTING THE LAND: What can we learn from how Indigenous peoples sustainably harvest and gather elements of nature – for art-making, food, medicine and more? How do these practices inform Yolŋu art?
INDIGENOUS VOICES IN MUSEUMS: What are new ways that museums are engaging Indigenous peoples as key stakeholders in their leadership and work?
YOLŊU ART TOMORROW: Yolŋu artists are some of the most innovative contemporary artists today; what are Yolŋu artists doing now and what will they come up with next?
Artists: Gunybi Ganambarr, Ishmael Marika, Dhamarra Munuŋgurr, Milminyinga Dhamarrandji, Bulmirri Yunupingu and Binygurr Wirrpanda.
Arts administrators: Doŋga Maymuru (Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka), Kade McDonald (Agency Projects) and David Wickens (Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka).
Scholars: Professor Clare Wright OAM (La Trobe University), Mayatili Marika (Yothu Yindi Foundation/University of Melbourne) and Dr. Jilda Andrews (Australian National University and National Museum of Australia).
Curators: Dr. Jami Powell (Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth), Dr. Vanessa Russ (University of Melbourne), Dr. Jessyca Hutchens (Berndt Museum of Anthropology, University of Western Australia), Julie Banks (University of Melbourne) and Dr. Henry Skerritt (University of Virginia).
This event will be livestreamed on the Kluge-Ruhe YouTube Channel