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Being Tiwi

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)

Duration

21 Dec 2015 to 21 Feb 2016

Artists:

Timothy Cook, Raelene Kerinauia, Maria Josette Orsto, Eddie Puruntatameri, Nina Puruntatameri, Cornelia Tipuamantumeri, Giovanni Tipungwuti, Bede Tungutalum, Pedro Wonaeamirri

Curators:

Natasha Bullock & Keith Munro

About the exhibition

Being Tiwi bought together prints and paintings by nine artists from Australia’s Tiwi Islands. Located to the north of Darwin in the Northern Territory at the juncture of the Arafura and Timor seas, Bathurst and Melville islands are home to the Tiwi people – the fiercely independent, culturally unique, traditional owners of the land. ‘Tiwi’ loosely translates as ‘one people’, and island culture is characterised by a shared belief in the need to keep Tiwi customs alive.

The artworks in Being Tiwi highlighted how contemporary ideas and visual forms connect to and express transformations in culture. Tiwi motifs and designs (known as Jilamara) draw on a range of influences, the most important being the body painting which accompanies two significant Tiwi ceremonies: Kulama, which celebrates life, and Pukumani, a complex funereal ritual.

Bridging the past and the present, Being Tiwi included the first prints produced on the islands in 1969 along with work recently acquired for the MCA Collection and new work commissioned specifically for the exhibition. From the intricate to the gestural, and using yellow, red and white ochres sourced from the islands’ environs, these artworks highlighted the distinctiveness of Tiwi iconography.

Featuring Works from the MCA Collection

Timothy Cook
Maria Josette Orsto
Eddie Puruntatameri
  • Jilarti and Kwarikwaringa (bird with butterfly)
  • Jilarti (two cranes)
  • Jipwajirringa (wallaby)
  • Pirimurwu (sitting man)
  • Taringa and Wuruwataka (snake and bush rat)
  • Yirrikapayi and Jarrikalani (crocodile and turtle)
Nina Puruntatameri
Giovanni Tipungwuti
  • Arlipiwura (pelican)
  • Arlipiwura (pelican)
  • Arntongi (Jabiru in flight)
  • Jilamara (body design)
  • Jilamara (body design)
  • Jilamara (body design)
  • Jilarti (Jabiru)
  • Jilarti (pelican)
  • Jilarti (water bird)
  • Kuntamani (two frill-necked lizards)
  • Kwarikwaringa (butterfly)
  • Kwarikwaringa (butterfly)
  • Minga (man spearing fish)
  • Tuwayini (two men fishing)
  • Warntarrunga (wasp)
Bede Tungutalum
  • Arntongi (Jabiru in flight)
  • Irikipayi (crocodile man)
  • Jilarti and Muputi (crane and fish)
  • Jilarti (Jabiru)
  • Jilarti (three birds in flight)
  • Jilarti (water bird)
  • Kirimpika (crab)
  • Marantuwungini (dugongs)
  • Murtangkala
  • Murtati and Taringa (eagle and snake)
  • Murtati (eagle)
  • Pirranjinga, Muputi and Jarrikalani (eel, fish and sea turtle)
  • Taringa and Kawarri (two snakes and a goanna)
  • Taringa and Wuruwataka (snake and bush rat)
  • Turtini
  • Wampaka
  • Wampaka
  • Wurrikiliki (goose)
  • Yirrikapayi and Jarrikalani (crocodile and turtle)
  • Yirrikapayi (man spearing crocodile)
  • Yoyi (dancing man)
  • Yoyi (dancing man)
  • Yoyi (dancing man)
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  • Kirluwarringa (stingray)
Pedro Wonaeamirri
  • Jilamara
  • Pwoja-Pukumani Body Paint Design
  • Yirrinkrupwoja (Body Painting #1)
  • Yirrinkrupwoja (Body Painting #2)
  • Yirrinkrupwoja (Body Painting #3)
  • Yirrinkrupwoja (Body Painting #4)