Balagardi Barnagardi: " Across to the Other land" NAIDOC Week ExhibitionShare Event on Facebook Share Event on Twitter Share Event on LinkedIn
NAIDOC Week always brings unexpected elements to the significance of our indigenous communities to us all and one currently, and just for a short time, is an exhibition from the Wajarri People of the mid-west of Western Australia with beautiful paintings on show in the Mosaic Room at Hotel Hotel in Acton.
Under the auspices of the Department of Industry and Science this small collection was opened by department secretary Glenys Beauchamp and is an example of the collision of cultures, ancient and modern, in a depiction of extra- terrestrial aspects of the night skies of the Wajarri as they allowed the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory to locate on their land. And soon that will be augmented by the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) international science project.
Some of the work was commissioned and others continue to tell us the stories of the people, their land and the bond between them. And the exhibition title Balgardi Banagardi – “Across to the other land” is depicted in artist Marion Dingo’s Between the Lines that tells of the relocation of her family to land they bought between the railway lines leaving town when told by the Government officials to educate the children and avoid the risk of being stolen.
Dawn Hamlett’s Bulli Bulli is about a plant from the clay pans of the Weld Ranges, one Dawn believes is rare now as she has only found it in one place, that provided seeds to grind and make flour to be used for damper. The collection of rocks on the painting are gifts for the traditional from travelers who collected the seeds from the Wajarri tribal land.
Old stories, new paintings and into the future dream time stories of their interpretation of the satellites in their sky and telescopes that they’ve welcomed onto their land.
The exhibition continues at Hotel Hotel until 9 July, with a 9pm closing on that night.