Past Exhibitions at Kluge-Ruhe

Sally Gabori: Danda dulk ngijinda dulk (This land is my land)

Sally Gabori, Dibirdibi Country, 2006.

August 31 – December 19, 2010

Danda dulk ngijinda dulk: This land is my land was an exhibition of works by Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori (Kaiadilt), who was born in 1924 on the south side of Bentinck Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland. While Gabori produced traditional handicrafts for years, she began painting in 2005 at the Mornington Island Art Center. Her colorful, abstract works relate to island life and the ancestral stories associated with particular sites. These stories tell of the creation of Bentinck Island by ancestral beings such as the Rock Cod, Crane and Seagull. Gabori’s work was first exhibited by Alcaston Gallery in Melbourne in 2006. Since then, she has participated in group and solo exhibitions throughout Australia and most recently in London and Seoul.

Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kluge-Ruhe Collection

August 15, 2010 – June 20, 2011
This exhibition explored Aboriginal art as contemporary art with many influences derived from traditional practices such as rock art, body paint design and sand drawing. Central to many art works is the artist’s knowledge of the natural world and its cosmological underpinnings in the ancestral creation period known as The Dreaming. Included were paintings on bark and canvas, sculpture and objects representing many art styles and techniques used by Aboriginal artists from different regions of Australia.

Mount Liebig Photography Project 2004

May 11 – August 15, 2010
In 2004, photographer Simon Davidson was invited to work with young people on a photography project initially devised as a petrol sniffing diversion program in the community of Amunturrngu. Nineteen young people were given 35 mm disposable cameras for the purpose of documenting their daily lives. This exhibition was comprised of the photographs of this project, which showed the realities of life in Amunturrngu.

Davidson says, “The photographs take us on an intimate journey into people’s lives to show us how the Mount Liebig community sees itself. No outsider could capture these images with so much honesty.” This exhibition was loaned by Watiyawanu Artists of Amunturrngu and Peta Appleyard Gallery, Alice Springs.

Amos Wheeler, 2004 Christopher Winjinana Daniels, 2004 Patrick Collins Tjungurrayi, 2004 Dennis Morgan Tjupurrula, 2004

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