Art exhibition 20 June – 6 August 2017
In this exhibition we aim to bring to the audience a greater understanding of the significance that our languages have on communities, the depth of importance a language has on family and through the talented work of our regions artists we share in the ancient living culture that is our collective heritage.
We welcome you to visit the “gundir ɖarigim guali” exhibition inspired by ‘our languages matter”, this year’s theme for NAIDOC. In the Gurang language the literal translation for the title of the exhibition is: gundir – Life giving, Life possessing; ᶁarigim – painting; guali – talk.
(Pronunciation guide: goondeer – djari/gim – gooli)
The general meaning in this context translates as “Through these works the Artists tell a story that gives life and meaning to their paintings/artworks. The finished works are a visual narrative of the artists dreaming. The viewer is drawn in by the life the artist gives to the artwork to interpret their own story. The artworks talk to the viewer.”
Communication brings people together and through learning new languages we can expand our knowledge and find a new way of identifying with people from different cultural backgrounds. For many of our first nations people the loss of language has significantly affected the ability to belong.
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait languages are not just a means of communication, they express knowledge about everything: law, geography, history, family and human relationships, philosophy, religion, anatomy, childcare, health, caring for country, astronomy, biology and food. Each language is associated with an area of land and has a deep spiritual significance and it is through their own languages, that Indigenous nations maintain their connection with their ancestors, land and law,” Ms Martin said. The NAIDOC 2017 Theme is “Our languages matter.“
Language(s) will be featured throughout the exhibition and the Indigenous artists selected are either living, working in, or from the region and will represent at least twelve language groups. The artists selected will submit their works for display and deliver on areas of art that represents their own unique style. Ultimately these works are symbolic of the language roots and the all-inclusive culture as interpreted through the works on view.