Miwatj Yolŋu – Sunrise People
With: Noŋgirrŋa Marawili, Dhambit Munuŋgurr, Gaypalani Waṉambi, Mulkuṉ Wirrpanda, Muluymuluy Wirrpanda, Djirrirra Wunuŋmurra, Djakaŋu Yunupiŋu, Nyapanyapa Yunupiŋu, Wanapati Yunupiŋu, The Mulka Project: Ruby Djikarra Alderton, Ishmael Marika, Patrina Munuŋgurr, Gutiŋarra Yunupingu
Miwatj Yolŋu – Sunrise People explores storytelling, ecology and materiality in the works of Yolŋu artists from the Yirrkala Community in East Arnhem Land. Like the Shoalhaven, Yirrkala is a place where fresh and saltwater meet, and its lands and waterways inform diverse creative practices.
Miwatj Yolŋu translates to ‘sunrise people’ in Yolŋu Matha (Yolŋu tongue). Geographically, Miwatj refers to the furthest north-eastern part of Arnhem Land that receives the morning sun, as it rises in the east.
Presenting both senior and emerging artists from across the Yirrkala region, Miwatj Yolŋu highlights the centrality of weather patterns and ecological systems within Yolŋu culture. It brings together works from the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, the Mulka Project digital archive and private collections from across Australia, sharing interwoven stories of land, water and sky.