Past Exhibitions at Kluge-Ruhe

We Are Tiwi: Jilamara and Munupi Artists

Timothy Cook, Kulama, 2012.May 30 – August 24, 2014

We Are Tiwi was an exhibition that featured several paintings by Tiwi artists (Milikapiti and Pirlangimpi). The word “tiwi” in their language means “we the people.” This collection uses ochres and other natural pigments on canvas. Paint is sometimes applied with an ironwood comb, which creates straight lines with dots. Traditional Tiwi culture places special significance on two ceremonies: Pukumani and Kulama, both of which are represented and celebrated in the exhibition’s featured works. Pukumani is a funeral ceremony intended to guide the spirit of the deceased from the world of the living to the spirit world. The Kulama ceremony occurs at the end of the rainy season and serves as a celebration of life, wherein young men are initiated into adulthood.

Click here to download a copy of the brochure that accompanied the exhibition.

Presented in partnership with Harvey Art Projects USA, Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association, and Munipi Arts and Crafts Association.