Opens Saturday June 2
Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin
In the 1920s the Australian Museum, Sydney exchanged a collection of Aboriginal and Papuan New Guinean material including a Galari (Wiradjuri) bargan (boomerang) with the Otago Museum, receiving two Māori amo (bargeboard supports) in return. The amo, originally from the Hawkes Bay region, also connect to the unique concrete wharenui and church at Ōtākou marae on the Otago peninsula.
The ripples of colonial exchange continue to impact communities; Colonisation creating new global networks and relationships between indigenous peoples. In early 2018 Sydney-based artist Jonathan Jones (b.1978), a member of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations of south-east Australia, visited Ōtepoti to undertake research toward a new work and discovered this connection between his Wiradjuri people and those of this rohe. Untitled (D21.281 Galari bargan) is a physical manifestation of ancestral forms and new relationships.
Dunedin Public Art Gallery
Date(s) - 02/06/2018 - 31/12/2018