Hi Everyone,

Last Friday we opened an exhibition curated by Gretta Louw, and featuring Yama, an installation she has made in collaboration with Neil Jupurrurla Cook, the Artistic Director of the Warnayaka Art Centre, along with other artists and members of the Warlpiri people of Lajamanu, in Central Australia.

With the Warnayaka Art Centre, over 4 or 5 years Gretta has formed an extraordinary artistic bridge- the Yama installation is fun, delicious, respectful, bold and provocative, in the face of social, political and environmental stress, and an exchange fraught with potential ethical and etiquett-ical bear-traps.

Here is a photo by Michael Erglis of the Yama installation at Furtherfield Gallery.

The exhibition also features work by 5 other Australian artists of diverse heritages.

On Saturday Gretta led a tour of the exhibition. Then Warlpiri educator Steve Jampijimpa Patrick talked about the work in the context of the five pillars of Warlpiri culture. You can watch the short video that he showed here on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFZq7AduGrc

The discussion of "so called technology" pursued questions of: cultural continuity, churn and loss; in contrast with stories said to pre-date humans; medium-message relations (McLuhan-stylee), the opportunities and threats of openness and sharing in amongst the global flows of capital in the network age.

I noticed as Jampijimpa drew in the sand, how his drawing resonated with the network diagrams that have informed and shaped our work at Furtherfield for the last 20 years, our understanding of the importance of connectedness and especially our DIWO campaign. http://furtherfield.org/projects/diwo-do-it-others-resource

Here you can see the Warnayaka 'logo' incorporated into our new DIWO graphic.

I cannot properly convey the full impact that these meetings and events are having on me and the other people who have attended. It is unfolding slowly, in unexpected ways. (Yama, is a Warlpiri word translates as 'reflection'- sky to land, inward to outward, shadow falling from object across another object). I will write more with more reflections as they arise and as I talk to others.

I urge you to see the exhibition if you can. And to talk to Gretta.
We'll post images from the exhibition very soon.


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