Maningrida Threads: Aboriginal Art from the MCA Collection

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)

Duration

06 March to 01 June 2003

Artists

Mabel Anaka-anaburra, England Banggala, Rosie Bindalbindal, John Bulunbulun, Bob Burruwal, Carol Liyawanga Campion, Lena Djamarrayku, Dorothy Galaledba, Melba Gunjarrwanga, James Iyuna, Mary Jadbalag, Lorna Jin-gubarrangunyja, Anchor Kalunba, Nancy Kaybbirama, Margaret Lollop, Shirley Malgarrich, Minnie Manarrjala, Wally Mandarrk, Mary Marabamba, Susan Marawarr, Mabel Mayangal, Elizabeth Mipilanggurr, Kate Miwulku, Daisy Nadjungdanga, , John Mawurndjul, Les Mirrikkuriya, Jack Wunuwun, Dixie Wurrpamirra, Kaye Yaibumgala, Lena Yarinkura

Guest Curator: Apolline Kohen with Leon Bandicha Ali, Maningrida Arts and Culture

about the exhibition

Drawn from the MCA’s significant collection of work by artists from Maningrida in Australia’s Northern Territory, this exhibition illustrated the role that fibre plays in the practice of artists from this community. Supplementing the collection were a number of more recent works demonstrating the artistic evolution and innovations which have taken place in the decade since the Maningrida Collection came to the MCA in 1994.

Works including fish traps, drag nets, hunting bags, pandanus mats, dilly bags, string bags and baskets, as well as non-fibre pieces which had a direct relation to the fibre works, were selected by Apolline Kohen, Arts Director at Maningrida Arts and Culture, one of Australia’s largest community based Aboriginal Arts Co-operatives. In the decade since 1994, many traditional woven items have undergone significant change as their everyday functions become less important. Unconstrained by practicalities, these cultural shifts have opened the way for Maningrida artists to apply a variety of new techniques and media, such as print-making and casting in bronze and aluminium.

The exhibition was distinguished by two bodies of work. The first and largest group of approximately fifty objects, was drawn from the Maningrida Collection and was created in the mid to late 1980s. The second group, of thirty recent works made between 2002-2003, included large objects such as fish-trap and drag net forms in fibre, sculptural spirit figures made using a similar technique, but whose bodies were painted and decorated, as well as bark paintings and etchings depicting fibre items and animal forms cast in metal. The exhibition sought to highlight the extraordinary development of the artists’explorations from traditional, functional forms towards artwork in a wide variety of media.


Presented in association with Maningrida Arts & Culture.

Featuring Works from the MCA Collection

Rosie

  • Sedge grass hunting bag

Unknown

  • An-gugechiya (drag net)
  • Ceremonial armband
  • Ceremonial armband
  • Djerrk (string bag)
  • Djerrk (string bag with feathers)
  • Necklace of decorated banksia cones
  • Pandanus mat
  • Sedge grass collecting bag
  • Sedge grass collecting bag decorated with ochre
  • Sedge grass hunting bag with bush string handle

Mabel Anaka-anaburra

  • Circular pandanus palm mat
  • Jin-gubardabiya (triangular pandanus palm skirt)

Jill Bangamala

  • Djerrk (string bag with feather ornaments)

England Banggala

  • Jin-gubardabiya (triangular pandanus palm skirt)

Rosie Bindalbindal

  • Baby shade cover

Beryl Birnama

  • Sedge grass hunting bag

Johnny Bulunbulun

  • Naniyal (conical pandanus palm sleeping mats)

Jacky Bunkaniyal

  • Pandanus palm basket

Bob Burruwal

  • Wurum Spirit
  • Wurum Spirit

Carol Liyawanga Campion

  • Bird
  • Wurum Spirit

Tracey Cooper

  • Dance belt

Mary Dadbalag

  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag

Lena Djamarrayku

  • Bat'barra (sedge grass sieve)
  • Bok'narru (dance belt)
  • (bush string and feather dilly bag)
  • (bush string and feather dilly bag, wrapped handle, knotted technique)
  • (bush string dilly bag with bustard feathers)
  • Camp dog
  • Ceremonial armband
  • Ceremonial armband
  • Dance ornament
  • Feathered string armband
  • Kunmadj (carved collecting bag)
  • Sedge grass collecting bag
  • Sedge grass collecting bag
  • Sedge grass collecting bag
  • Sedge grass hunting bag
  • Sedge grass hunting bag
  • Sedge grass hunting bag
  • Sedge grass hunting bag
  • Sedge grass hunting bag
  • Sedge grass hunting bag
  • Worra (public version of man's ceremonial bag)

Rosie Djunmujunggul

  • Pandanus palm collecting bag

Mary Gananggay

  • Pandanus palm mat

Phillip Lilipiyana Gudthaykudthay

  • Kunmadj (carved collecting bag)

Bridget Djingadarr Bulkbulk Gudupudu

  • Djerrk (string bag)

Alice Gundaburrburr

  • Decorated feather ornament

Melba Gunjarrwanga

  • Fish trap
  • Mandjabu (conical fish trap)

Susan Inmingala

  • Feather dancing ornament
  • Necklace of decorated banksia cones

Lorna Jin-gubarrangunyja

  • Fish trap

Mary Jin-guwaraba

  • Jin-gubardabiya (triangular pandanus palm skirt)
  • Jin-gubardabiya (triangular pandanus palm skirt)
  • Sedge grass hunting bag

Lena Kala Kala

  • Djerrk (string bag)
  • Djerrk (string bag)
  • Djerrk (string bag)

Anchor Kalunba

  • Kunmatj/Manjabu (burney vine hunting bag)
  • Manjabu (fish trap)

Nancy Kaybbirama

  • Kunmatj/Manjabu (burney vine hunting bag)
  • Kunmatj/Manjabu (burney vine hunting bag)

Margaret Lanbupu

  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • Sedge grass collecting bag

Margaret Lollop

  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag

Shirley Malgarrich

  • Fish net fence
  • Pandanus mat

Minnie Manarrdjala

  • Jin-gubardabiya (triangular pandanus palm skirt)
  • Naberkerra (drag net)
  • Naberkerra (drag net)
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • Pandanus palm mat
  • Pandanus palm mat
  • Sedge grass drag net
  • Sedge grass sieve
  • Sedge grass sieve
  • Sedge grass sieve

Wally Mandarrk

  • Wayarra spirits collecting yams in sedge grass collecting bags

Mary Marabamba

  • Kunmatj/Manjabu (burney vine hunting bag)

Susan Marawarr

  • Fish trap

Marrangu

  • Sedge grass collecting bag
  • Sedge grass collecting bag
  • Sedge grass hunting bag

Linda Marrawa

  • Kunmatj/Mandjabu (burney vine hunting bag)

Madge Mawanga

  • Pandanus palm mat

John Mawurndjul

  • Ancestral spirit beings collecting honey
  • Mandjabu at Mumeka

Laurie Miljita

  • Djerrk (string bag)
  • Djerrk (string bag with feathers)

Shirley Minyingarla

  • Djerrk (string bag)

Elizabeth Mipilanggurr

  • Baby shade cover
  • Fish trap
  • Golbordok (pandanus palm honey collecting bag)
  • Golbordok (pandanus palm honey collecting bag)
  • Golbordok (pandanus palm honey collecting bag)
  • Golbordok (pandanus palm honey collecting bag)
  • Golbordok (pandanus palm honey collecting bag)
  • Worra (pandanus palm honey collecting bag)

Les Mirrikuriya

  • Kun-karnin (digging sticks), Worra(sacred pandanus bags), and the clan water holes which they created

Kate Miwulku

  • Fish trap
  • Fishtraps
  • Three fish traps

Munduritj

  • Pandanus palm collecting bag

Margaret Rinybuma

  • Pandanus palm mat

Lena Rungwarnga

  • Dance skirt
  • Pandanus palm coil weave basket
  • Pandanus palm coil weave basket

Jack Wunuwun

  • Fish trap story

Dixie Wurrpamirra

  • Sedge grass collecting bag
  • Sedge grass hunting bag

Kaye Yaibungala

  • Ceremonial yam sculpture
  • Ceremonial yam sculpture
  • Ceremonial yam sculpture
  • Feathered string

Nancy Yalabuma

  • Pandanus palm mat

Lena Yarinkura

  • (bark string and feather skirt)
  • (bark string and feather skirt)
  • Camp dog
  • Camp dog
  • Dance ornament
  • Dance ornament
  • Echidna
  • Pig and piglets
  • Yawkyawk