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seven sisters dreaming
1/3/21-31/5/21 Seven Sisters Dreaming - Kungkarangkalpa and Napaljarri-warnu Jukurrpa - Tricks and Transformation -
Athena Nangala Granites, Priscilla Napurrurla Herbert and Shanna Napanangka Williams
The Seven Sisters stories concern a group of seven ancestral women being pursued by a cunning shape-shifter who disguises himself in countless ways to trick the sisters. The Seven Sisters also have some tricks of their own, they can fly. These journeys are associated with sacred ceremony, creation of features in the landscape, and ultimately, transformation.
Priscilla Napurrurla Herbert paints the Kungkarangkalpa Tjukurrpa which is from the area around Mititjulu. Athena Nangala Granites paints the Warlpiri stories of the Napaljarri-warnu Jukurrpa. Both women belong to Warlukurlangu Artists in Yuendumu in the Northern Territory.
Through significant works by Athena Nangala Granites and Priscilla Napurrurla Herbert this exhibition explores the power of contemporary Aboriginal art, through the journeys of the Seven Sisters, to challenge our perceptions of time and space, and equally to question our integration with place. This Jukurrpa tells the story of the seven ancestral Napaljarri sisters who are found in the night sky as a cluster of seven stars known as the Pleiades in European astrology. Their story across the landscape tells of their pursuit by the Jakamarra man who eventually chases them into the sky; they leave the landscape below changed forever by their interactions.
Athena, born in 1994, is the daughter of Geraldine Napangardi Granites and the grand-daughter of Alma Nungarrayi Granites, well-known artists who paint with Warlukurlangu Artists. She is also the great grand-daughter of Paddy Japaljarri Sims (Deceased) one of the founding artists of Warlukurlangu Artists. Athena has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Corporation, since 2010.
Priscilla was born in Alice Springs in 1977 and has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists since 2010. Her country is Tanami Downs, until recently Mongrel Downs Station, located about 700 km north-west of Alice Springs.
Shanna, born in 1988, has been painting with Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, since 2002, when she was 14 years of age. Four generations of Shanna's family actively participate in the activities of the art centre.
Warlukurlangu Artists is a prolific and successful Aboriginal-owned art centre in Central Australia and has work in collections across Australia and internationally. The principle aim of the art centre is to share Warlpiri culture and to increase awareness about Aboriginal culture in general. Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Association is the guardian of the Jukurrpa, the law and culture of the Warlpiri and Anmatyerre people living at Yuendumu. These acrylic paintings, as a collection, are a powerful tool of contemporary artistic expression, demonstrating diverse and collaborative methodology, and the artist’s ability to capture the vitality of Jukurrpa and its essential, vital integration with country. The artists’ Jukurrpa stories are vast in time and space, yet simultaneously acute, personal and immediate.
This exhibition includes exciting work from both emerging and established artists: Shorty Jangala Robertson Joy Nangala Brown Pauline Napangardi Gallagher Polly Anne Napangardi Dixon Christine Napanangka Michaels Phyllis Napurrurla Williams Sarah Napurrurla White Pauline Nampijinpa Singleton Geraldine Napangardi Granites Magda Nakamarra Curtis Maisie Nungarrayi Ward Mary Napangardi Butcher Steven Jupurrurla Nelson Chantelle Nampijinpa Robertson Corinne Nampijinpa Ryan Christine Nakamarra Curtis Angelina Nampiijnpa Tasman Sabrina Nangala Robertson Daphne Napurrurla White Serena Nakamarra Shannon Janelle Napurrurla Wilson Saraeva Napangardi Marshall Roxanne Nungarrayi Martin Athena Nangala Granites Marlene Napurrurla Ross Molly Napurrurla Martin Lorraine Nungarrayi Granites