Kurangkuru Jardi – Group of People Having Come a Long Way
Kurangkuru Jardi is a group exhibition featuring works on paper by Mornington Island artists: Helena Gabori, Dorothy Gabori, Ethel Thomas, Dolly Loogatha, Amanda Gabori, Amy Loogatha, Elsie Gabori and Netta Loogatha, some of daughters and sisters of Sally GABORI who have forged their own careers nationally and internationally.
The incomparable Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori (c.1924 – 2015) was a distinguished senior Kaiadilit woman and a contemporary artist of considerable sophistication whose short yet incredible career left an astonishing cultural legacy. Sally Gabori’s ground-breaking work underpins the amazing creativity of the MIART Studios.
Mirndiyan Gununa Aboriginal Corporation, Mornington Island Art, is one of the longest established art and cultural organisations in Aboriginal Australia. Situated in the remote Gulf of Carpentaria, northern Australia and fully owned and controlled by an Indigenous Board, Mirndiyan Gununa has an Indigenous majority staff all focussed on delivering locally relevant programs that produce internationally significant artwork.
Mornington Island artists are heavily influenced and connected to their Land and Culture in their artistic interpretations. Their remoteness means the artists concentrate heavily on cultural and spiritual subject matter – all centred-on connection to Country
The Artists work in many different mediums, from painting to music and dance to storytelling. Language is integral to all creative activities at the Art Centre and the primary purpose of the Mirndiyan Gununa is to maintain and develop the cultures of the Lardil and Kaiadilt people by strengthening the Community and promoting the unique Cultures to the rest of the world.
This exhibition of works displays a richness and vibrancy, by both the established artists and the new generations of emerging artists sharing and learning together, show that living in a remote Community doesn’t mean being out of touch.
Kurangkuru Jardi is on display at Grasslands until late March 2022.