John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new
John Mawurndjul AM (born 1952, Kubukkan near Marrkolidjban, western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia) is celebrated for his mastery of rarrk (crosshatching) 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.
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This learning resource is designed to build confidence in thinking and talking about the work of John Mawurndjul.
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.
Image credit: John Mawurndjul, John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new’, still from full length documentary, filmed in western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory in July 2016 and July 2017, produced by the MCA Digital Media department, in collaboration with the artist and Dr Murray Garde.