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Cutline. Warakurna to Warburton by Judith Yinyika Chambers, Dorcas Tinnimay Bennett and Martha Ward

2011.0006.0008

Cutline. Warakurna to Warburton by Judith Yinyika Chambers, Dorcas Tinnimay Bennett and Martha Ward

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Description

"This painting is about Yarnangu building the road between Warakurna and Warburton in the 1970s. All the families helped. We camped along the way in swags. Even the kids came along. We had a green tractor. Sometimes we got a flat tyre and had to fix it. Everyone had to help clear the road. We had axes and had to cut down trees. It was a really big job and hard work."

Physical description

An acrylic painting on canvas showing people cutting down trees, with vehicles and groups of other people around. The background is made up of dot infill and is predominantly yellow and brown.

Statement of significance

This collection consists of thirty-three paintings produced by Warakurna Artists for a collaborative commercial exhibition with the Outstation Gallery in Darwin. The exhibition, 'History Paintings - All the Stories got into our minds and eyes', opened in May 2011.

The collection is significant as a broad and comprehensive body of work that presents a series of (related) Aboriginal perspectives on events in Australian history, some of which fundamentally challenge other accounts in the historical record. The collection documents the historical perspective of Ngaanyatjarra people who currently reside in the community of Warakurna. Contextualised by more customary mythic narratives, most of the works address historical events and provide an insight into the Aboriginal experience of contact on the colonial frontier. Taken together, from the Seven Sisters Dreaming to football carnivals in Warakurna today, the collection encompasses 100 years (and more) of history in the Ngaanyatjarra lands.

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