Clan groups united in ‘milestone’ artwork | Katherine time

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A painting that features the work of more than a dozen artists from different clan groups exhibited at Katherine has been described as a “milestone” for art in the Northern Territory. Four Clans is the latest exhibition at Godinymayin Yijard Rivers Arts & Culture Center, and features works by artists from the four clan groups that use the Waralungku Arts Center in Borroloola. The idea for the exhibit’s centerpiece came to Garawa elder and artist Jack Green during the dry season of 2019 – to create a work that depicted the stories of the Yanyuwa, Garrwa, Marra and Gudanji clans, as well as their relationships with each other. The result was a huge painting featuring the work of 14 different artists from the four clan groups, with the artists coming at their own pace to work on the canvas over several months. Mr Green, who also has family connections to other clans in the area, said he wanted to create a project that unites everyone. “We would like to join forces between the four clan groups,” he said. “With our [different] lore and our culture, we asked ourselves ‘is it okay to put this on?’ “We kind of become one, you know, and we have to work together and understand each other.” With themes of fracking and environmental activism present in much of the work, Green said art is an important medium for artists like him to speak out about important issues. “It’s a way of telling our story, some of us can’t read properly. We tell our stories through our painting and we want… people to understand it better,” he said. . “That’s why we tell our story, what we think about the country. And the country is very important to the natives because there is the bushtucker – it’s like a garden for the natives.” This is the first exhibition at GYRACC overseen by the gallery’s new director, Eric Holowacz. Holowacz said he was honored to host this groundbreaking work. “To me, when you look at a milestone for painting or visual art in the Northern Territory, it’s one that has to be one. We just don’t know that yet,” he said. declared. “It doesn’t matter what culture or community or country you’re in, there’s all this kind of division…but what this work is about is that we can also separate and do something together.” division, she will represent our unity.” Four Clans is at GYRACC until February 24. If you see this message, you are a loyal digital subscriber to The Katherine Times, as we have made this story available to subscribers only. Thank you very much for your support and for allowing us to continue to tell your stories. We appreciate your support for journalism in our great region. Our journalists work hard to bring local, up-to-date news to the community. This is how you can continue to access to our trusted content: HAVE ANYTHING TO SAY?: Send letters to the editor or story tips to [email protected]

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