Exhibition: Voice of the Custodians of the Homeland
Voice of the Custodians of the Homeland
Aboriginal Signature Estrangin Fine Art Gallery, Belgium
24 January 2018 - 10 March 2018
From the Aboriginal Signature website:
"Throughout Australeinne history, their traditional region was turned upside down by the breakthrough of the Canning Stock road. Far from the idea of an asphalt road, it is more of a chaotic track crossing thousands of sand dunes. It was dug at the beginning of the 20th century to transport cattle herds from Perth to Darwin through the desert. Identifying the waterholes and their development into wells led to many conflicts with the Martu people who had always settled on these lands.
Consisting of more than 50 wells, the Canning Stock Road has perforated their sacred land. A major artistic project was conducted with the National Gallery of Canberra to crystallize through their art, the memory of the Aborigines on this track so controversial.
The exhibition in Brussels was set up in partnership with the great artists of Martumili. Iconic places such as sacred spaces around wells 17, 24, 30, or 33 to 38, are evoked in several important works by painters Mabel Wakarta (1929), Nora Wompi (1939), Nora Nungabar (1920), Dadda Samson ( 1940), Bugai Whyoulter (1940), or Jakayu Biljabu (1936). All were here either direct witnesses or by their immediate relatives, of these events having upset their universe."