Session times: 10.15am, 11am, 11.45am, 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2pm, 2.45pm.
Free. Bookings required.
The full length documentary, John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new (2018) was shot on Country at a number of significant sites on the artist’s Kurulk clan estate, including around Mawurndjul’s home at Milmilngkan, and also at Maningrida Arts and Culture, Maningrida. John Mawurndjul discusses his prolific art practice, which he balances alongside his responsibilities as Djunkay (cultural manager) for his traditional homelands. Detailing the significance of rarrk (cross-hatching), doloppo bim (bark painting), ochres and sculptural works, this video also introduces many of the topics that Mawurndjul depicts in his artworks, including the spirit beings, ceremony and animals that are an intrinsic part of Kuninjku culture.
Learn more at: www.johnmawurndjul.com
Bilingual subtitles in Kuninjku and English.
Filmed in western Arnhem Land in July 2016 and July 2017. Produced by the MCA digital media department, in collaboration with the artist and Dr Murray Garde.
Image credit: John Mawurndjul at Milmilgkan, 2016, photograph: Tristan Derátz.
John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new exhibition
On view 27 July – 22 September, 2019
John Mawurndjul AM (born 1952, Kubukkan near Marrkolidjban, western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia) is celebrated for his mastery of rarrk (cross-hatching) and his depiction of djang (sacred sites and totemic emblems), a tradition shared by generations of Kuninjku artists.
The artist has led the development of this exhibition, which describes in Kuninjku (and English) his places of special cultural significance known as kunred, as well as the sacred places and spirits – or djang – that resurface time and time again in his art-making. We also encounter the animals and spirit beings that populate these locations including female water spirits (yawkyawk), rainbow serpents (ngalyod) and mischievous mimih spirits.
This exhibition was developed and co-presented by the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA) and Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA), in association with Maningrida Arts & Culture. The touring exhibition, which is organised by the MCA, includes over 50 works, spanning forty years of the artist’s practice.
John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new has been assisted by the Australian Government’s Visions of Australia Program.
Clothilde Bullen, Natasha Bullock, Nici Cumpston and Dr Lisa Slade with Keith Munro as Lead Cultural Advisor; in close collaboration with John Mawurndjul AM, Kay Lindjuwanga, Ananaias Jawulba and Maningrida Arts & Culture staff Michelle Culpitt, Zebedee Bonson, Derek Carter and interpreter/translator Dr Murray Garde.