Aurukun men’s contemporary ceremonial art

22 Jun 2020 – 3 Nov 2020
QAG | Gallery 1 | Free

In the early 2000s, senior Wik and Kugu law men from the Aurukun region on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula pioneered a significant contemporary movement: They reimagined their ceremonial visual traditions as contemporary art embodying ancestral narratives and maintaining spiritual and historical connections between the past and present, and fostered intergenerational exchange through their art practices.


Joe Ngallametta, Kugu-Muminh/Kugu-Uwanh people, Australia 1945-2005 / Thap yongk (Law poles) 2002-03

Joe Ngallametta, Kugu-Muminh/Kugu-Uwanh people, Australia 1945-2005 / Thap yongk (Law poles) 2002-03 / Carved milkwood (Alstonia muellerana) with synthetic polymer paint and natural pigments / 15 components: 182 x 250 x 250cm (installed, approx.) / Commissioned 2002 with funds from the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Estate of the artist .

Arthur Koo-ekka Pambegan Jr, Artist, Wik-Mungkan people, Australia 1936-2010 / Alair Pambegan, Collaborating artist, Wik-Mungkan people, Australia b.1966 / Bonefish Story Place 1994, reworked 2003

Arthur Koo-ekka Pambegan Jr, Artist, Wik-Mungkan people, Australia 1936-2010 / Alair Pambegan, Collaborating artist, Wik-Mungkan people, Australia b.1966 / Bonefish Story Place 1994, reworked 2003 / Carved milkwood (Alstonia muellerana) with synthetic polymer paint and natural pigments / 15 components: 280 x 650 x 50cm (installed, approx.); five bonefish: 50 x 25cm (each); seven bonefish: 100 x 30cm (each); 2 poles: 300 x 20cm (diam., each); crossbar: 20 (diam.) x 500cm / Purchased 1995 with a special allocation from the Queensland Government. Celebrating the Queensland Art Gallery's Centenary 1895-1995. With additional components commissioned 2002 with funds from the Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art / © Estate of the artist; and Alair Pambegan.

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