Part I: Yolngu / Makassan Crossings
Dhuwarrwarr Marika, Bulthirrirri Wununmurra & Nawurapu Wununmurra
Opening 30 November, 2 pm
30 November to 22 December 2019
By the Stars, Wind & Ocean Currents garners the notion of reciprocity inherent in the term ‘exchange’ or trade between the monsoon coast of northern Australia and the Indonesian archipelago. This is the first in a series of exhibitions to be held at The Cross Art Projects in 2020 about a counter-history of cultural exchanges by contemporary artist networks in the region.
The ‘open archipelago’ has passed from living memory but memories of extended families, grave sites, rock art and ceremonies survive. Also helping to keep the flame burning are scholarly engagements in anthropology and archaeology and a few museum exhibitions and permanent exhibits. The standout exhibit is historian Peter Spillett’s epic counterpoint to the 1988 Bicentennial of British annexation: a prahau called Hati Marege / Heart of Arnhem Land from a re-created voyage from Makassar to make landfall at Galiwin’ku and Yirrkala, now in the Maritime Museum, Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory.