Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future, Exhibition Floortalk


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Presenter:  Dr Melinda Hinkson

Date: Oct 14, 2015

Time: 4:00pm to 5:45pm

Contact person:  Eileen Lim, Assistant Curator
T: 08 8946 6621
E: Eileen.Lim@cdu.edu.au

Location:  CDU Art Gallery, Chancellery, Building Orange 12.1.02, Casuarina campus

Target audience:  Open to the public.

Join Dr Melinda Hinkson from the Australian National University, for an exhibition floor-talk for Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future.

Warlpiri Drawings: Remembering the Future tells the story of an intriguing collection of Indigenous artworks created by Warlpiri people from Lajamanu and Yuendumu in the 1950s and beyond. The exhibition explores how drawing has been used to make sense of 80 years of monumental change, to picture life in the present and look hopefully towards the future.

The artists’ subjects range from drawings of country and dreamings to historical moments such as the ’Killing Times’ at Coniston in 1928 – a massacre that occurred within living memory of the oldest generation of Warlpiri men and women.

At the same time that the Warlpiri were acquiring a European-style education, they were also learning different ways to depict their world. David Tunley, a manual arts teacher at Yuendumu in the late-1960s, recalled in his later years that when it came to picture-making, his students ‘required no teaching’.

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