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Olympic Games Opening Ceremony by Judith Yinyika Chambers

2011.0006.0033

Olympic Games Opening Ceremony by Judith Yinyika Chambers

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Physical description

An acrylic painting on canvas showing a person lighting a flame with a torch at the top of the frame. Surrounding this are many people (represented by 'U' shape motifs in yellow, orange and white) in a stadium setting.

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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