In Conversation: John Mawurndjul
One of Australia’s leading contemporary artists and traditional knowledge-holders, John Mawurndjul AM will reflect on his newly opened major survey exhibition at the MCA:
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Mawurndjul, a master bark painter, has led the development of this exhibition, which describes in Kuninjku (and English) his places of special cultural significance (kunred), as well as the sacred places and spirits (djang) that resurface in his painting. Mawurndjul will discuss the role of place and culture in his art practice with Keith Munro, MCA Curator of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Programs, and with translation by linguist Dr Murray Garde.
About the artist
Born in 1952, John Mawurndjul is a Kuninjku elder and artist. He lives and works in Milmilngkan and Maningrida in western Arnhem Land. Since his first exhibition in 1982, he has become one of Australia’s most widely recognised artists. In 1989 he was included in the landmark exhibition Magiciens de la Terre at the Centre Pompidou and Grande Halle de la Villette in Germany, and his works have been included in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Sydney, New York, Paris and Japan. The works Nawarramulmul (Shooting star spirit) (1988) and Ngalyod (Female rainbow serpent) (1988) were the first works acquired by the MCA in 1989.
Image: John Mawurndjul, 2016, Photograph: Nici Cumpston
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