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Frontier Wars (Flying Fox Story Place)



Alair Pambegan


1968 –

Language group: Wik-Mungkan, West Cape region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Sydney New South Wales Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    raffia, natural pigments and acrylic on wood
    160.0 x 365.0 x 25.0 cm overall
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Art Collection Benefactors 2015
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © the artists

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  • About

    ‘Frontier Wars (Flying Fox Story Place)’ 2014 is a collaborative work by Brisbane based artist Tony Albert and Aurukun based Alair Pambegan. Their families have had a close relationship since 2002, when Albert and Pambegan’s father, Arthur Koo-ekka Pambegan Jnr were involved in a significant exhibition of Indigenous Cape York artists.

    'Frontier Wars (Flying Fox Story Place)’ 2014 comments on the colonial wars that have taken place in Australia, as Indigenous people defiantly defended country. This work draws upon the ancestral histories of the Winichiam clan, of which Pambegan is a member. His family has responsability for Kalben, the location that relates to the flying fox.

    This work is strongly influenced by Albert’s ‘Yininmadyemi Thou didst let fall’ 2015, the public art work for the City of Sydney’s Eora Journey in Hyde Park, which memorialises and honours Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and women who have served their country.

    ‘Frontier Wars (Flying Fox Story Place)’ 2014 is a graphic reminder that the lands upon which these wars were waged were owned, remembered and cared for by traditional owners since before time in memorial.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • When silence falls, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 19 Dec 2015–29 May 2016

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Cara Pinchbeck, Look, 'When silence falls', pg. 24-26, Sydney, Dec 2015-Jan 2016, 24 (colour illus.), 25, 26.

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