Opening talk by Djon Mundine OAM: Twined, on Robyn Djunginy and Karen Mills
23 July 2010, The Cross Art Projects
About Djon Mundine
Djon Mundine’s career has helped revolutionise the criticism and display of contemporary Aboriginal art. He was art and craft advisor at Milingimbi in the Crocodile Islands in 1979 and curator at Bula-bula Arts in Ramingining in Arnhemland and has contributed to biennales worldwide. He originated Australia’s great artwork, the Aboriginal Memorial, comprising 200 painted poles by 43 artists from Ramingining, each symbolising a year since the arrival in 1788 of British colonists. The Memorial was central to the 1988 Biennale of Sydney and is on permanent display at the National Gallery of Australia. His landmark show and publication The Native Born (MCA, 1996) presented the rich variety of artistic work from Ramingining community and pioneered the showing of both ceremonial and utilitarian weaving. This led to Robyn Djunginy’s inclusion in The Everyday in the 1998 Sydney Biennale.
About Robyn Djunginy and Karen Mills
Robyn Djunginy and Karen Mills are two Indigenous women artists whose paintings comment on the central artistic and cultural role of weaving in Indigenous communities. In their abstract paintings weaving suggests cultural intersections and a continuous state of change — twining and untwining.
Video: by Loma Bridge, edited by Maxine Kauter