Warakurna: All the Stories Got into our Minds and Eyes is an exhibition of unique works documenting a new art movement emerging from the Western Desert community of Warakurna. Western Desert artists across central Australia are well known for Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) paintings, which tell the stories of creation through symbols and dots. Produced in 2011â12, the paintings featured in this exhibition use a more figurative style to recreate scenes of everyday life and people, allowing a wide range of stories to be told, both historical and contemporary.
The paintings are the creative vision of a group of artists: among them, Eunice Yunurupa Porter, Judith Yinyika Chambers, Dianne Ungukalpi Golding, Jean Inyalanka Burke and Dorcas Tinamayi Bennett. These artists are not just making art, they are recounting incidents and remembering people that have impacted heavily on their lives, including the coming of explorers, prospectors and missionaries, the building of roads, missile testing, the return to their homeland and the setting up of their own community.
Warakurna: All the Stories Got into our Minds and Eyes will be on show at the National Museum of Australia from 7 December 2012 to 3 November 2013. Free entry.
Image: Partinyintjarra (Mt Toller) 2011 by Eunice Yunurupa Porter courtesy Warakurna Artists.
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