gallery@bcs presents Wintaru – Hear the Elements Talk
Earth Wind Fire Water
A collaborative, mixed media exhibition by Warlpiri artist Wanta Jampijinpa, Canberra artist, Lee Anne Proberts and students from the ANU School of Music.
Supported by the Belconnen Community Service Reconciliation Action Plan
May 24 - June 7, Monday - Friday, 9am - 4:30pm
Belconnen Community Centre, Swanson Court Belconnen
Sand painting demonstration and storytelling, 10am - 4pm, Wednesday May 29
"We say the best way to listen to the earth speak is to really look at how the body language is used by the elements. ...once upon a time all of us were connected but, yes, some of us have stayed connected and others have decided to walk away from that understanding."
Wanta Jampijinpa is a Warlpiri elder from Lajamanu in the Tanami Desert, Northern Territory. An artist, educator, philosopher and academic, he will share his people's stories in a mixed media exhibition to celebrate Reconciliation Week in gallery@bcs. Lee Anne Proberts is a Canberra Based photographer and visual artist who is Wanta's research assistant for an Australian Research Council project currently in progress at the Australian National University.
Jampijinpa describes his work in Canberra as, "Teaching Australia. Teaching this country and its people about their birth right ... We're here to live together. We've all got one home ... To me, skin name, law, language, land and ceremonies they're all important."
The exhibition includes paintings by Wanta Jampijinpa, Lee Anne Proberts and students from the ANU School of Music alongside photos by Proberts. While the exhibition is in progress, the artists will construct a sand painting in the gallery that will include some sands from the Tanami desert, the country of the Warlpiri people.
As part of their studies in Indigenous Music and Media, the students are immersed in Warlpiri culture, under Wanta's guidance. As they learn more about the law, the elements and the stories of the Warlpiri people, they earn the right to assist with paintings and other expressions of culture. Wanta says:
"It's one of my dreams to really bring these understandings to mainstream Australia ... We tend to live and learn about the way of the hunter and the hunted, yes. There's skills that need to be gained and the way to get that one is to really sacrifice yourself and to go out and go to extra lengths to try and get the full understanding. And after that bring it back, yeah bring the skill back and share it with your family. And hopefully they'll do that bit of hunting and bringing the skills and understanding home which will be central for a community."
Photo of Wanta Jampajimpa by Leeanne Proberts
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