Past Exhibitions at Kluge-Ruhe

David Bosun: Ngau Gidthal (My Stories)

David Bosun, Baidamaw Titui Buna Urdhay Id, 2012.September 6 – December 29, 2013

David Bosun (Mualgal) is a printmaker and woodcarer from Moa Island in the Torres Strait. Through linoleum and woodblock prints, Bosun’s Ngau Gidthal (My Stories) illustrated the ancestral traditions of the Mualgal people. These traditions ranged from seasonal indicators used in ancient hunting practices to the significance of the constellations within the celestial sphere. In 2000, Bosun was chosen by elders as one of four artists to begin recording stories in the form of printmaking. This marked the first time that traditional stories took visual form since the loss of their material culture to missionaries and collectors a century earlier. Known for its strong figurative imagery and intricate design, or minaral, Bosun’s work reflects Melanesian influences inspired through longstanding trade between Torres Strait Islanders and coastal Papua New Guineans. A film on Bosun’s residency can be found here.

Presented in partnership with the Australian Art Print Network, Australia Council for the Arts, and Ngalmun Lagau Minaral Arts-Art of Mua Island Torres Strait.