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Title

Waŋupini

2017

Artist

Nawurapu Wunuŋmurra

Australia

1952 – 14 Mar 2018

Language group: Dhalwaŋu, Arnhem region

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  • Details

    Places where the work was made
    Yirrkala North-east Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    North-east Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Dhalwaŋu, Arnhem region
    Date
    2017
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    Dimensions
    175.0 x 73.0 cm
    Credit
    Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors’ Group 2018
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    242.2018
    Copyright
    © Estate of Nawurapu Wunuŋmurra
    Wynne Prize
    - 2018
    Artist information
    Nawurapu Wunuŋmurra

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    “The sun rises and sets, painting the clouds. The spirits are born and die, to be reborn once more. Makassan friends from Indonesia visit for trade, arriving with the northern monsoon and departing on the winds associated with bulunu (the south-east cloud formations that bring rain). This painting charts the Djapana song cycle (Djapana means ‘sunset’ in Yolŋu matha or language, and ‘farewell’ in Bugis, an Indonesian dialect). The anvil and triangular shapes are clouds, pregnant women and the sails of red prau (an Indonesian fishing boat). This takes place at the marŋarr (an ancestral Makassan port) in Nawurapu Wunuŋmurra’s Dhalwaŋu clan at Gurrumuru, upstream from Arnhem Bay. He died days after submitting this work (for the 2018 Wynne Prize). He declined medical treatment, confident of returning.”

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    North-east Arnhem Land, Yirrkala