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Making Paintings, Punu and Tjanpi by Roshanna Yinga Williamson


Making Paintings, Punu and Tjanpi by Roshanna Yinga Williamson

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"We make all kinds of things in Warakurna. We do painting at the art centre, make punu carvings at home and tjanpi baskets and sculptures." [Roshanna Yinga Williamson]

Physical description

An acrylic painting on canvas showing a landscape with a sun and three trees above a scene of two vehicles and groups of people.

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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