Curated by Kimberley Moulton
August 18, 2015 – January 24, 2016
where the water moves, where it rests is an exhibition featuring bark painting and print by acclaimed Aboriginal artist Djambawa Marawili AM (Yolngu). The detailed works embody Ancestral beings Baru, the crocodile, and Burrit’tji, the rainbow lightening serpent, and are a physical manifestation of the sovereign right over his country, where the fresh water meets the saltwater and all that runs in between.
The art of Djambawa Marawili is a powerful meditation on the strong living culture of Yolngu people of northeast Arnhem Land, Australia. Through this exhibition, the ever present connection to land, community and culture is expressed and generously shared. Djambawa’s works communicate a deep cultural knowledge that comes from the beginning, from Wangarr; the time before the first morning.
May 16, 2015 – Summer 2016
Art and Country is a diverse selection of works on canvas, paper and eucalyptus bark drawn from the Kluge-Ruhe’s permanent collection. The exhibition explores the range of ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists develop and maintain relationships with “country,” their homeland. Many artists represent features of the landscape to communicate their ongoing connection to their ancestral land and the Dreaming. Other artists raise awareness about the dispossession of country as a result of colonization or investigate the importance of story and personal memory. Throughout the exhibition visitors are invited to reflect upon their own connections to land and place.
On view in the lobby of the Fralin Museum of Art is an acrylic painting by David Hall Tjangala. A selection of seventeen objects, including sculpture, bark paintings and musical instruments are on display in the Fralin’s Object Study Gallery on the second floor.