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Title

Gamerre – What’s This Museum?

2004

Artist

Rusty Peters

Australia

1935 – 30 Jul 2020

Language group: Gija, Kimberley region

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Alternate image of Gamerre – What’s This Museum? by Rusty Peters
Alternate image of Gamerre – What’s This Museum? by Rusty Peters
Alternate image of Gamerre – What’s This Museum? by Rusty Peters
Alternate image of Gamerre – What’s This Museum? by Rusty Peters
Alternate image of Gamerre – What’s This Museum? by Rusty Peters
Alternate image of Gamerre – What’s This Museum? by Rusty Peters
Alternate image of Gamerre – What’s This Museum? by Rusty Peters
Alternate image of Gamerre – What’s This Museum? by Rusty Peters
Alternate image of Gamerre – What’s This Museum? by Rusty Peters
Alternate image of Gamerre – What’s This Museum? by Rusty Peters
Alternate image of Gamerre – What’s This Museum? by Rusty Peters
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Warmun (Turkey Creek) East Kimberley Western Australia Australia
    Cultural origin
    Gija, East Kimberly
    Date
    2004
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments and acrylic binder on linen
    Dimensions
    triptych: 180.0 x 450.0 cm overall :

    a - left panel, 180 x 150 cm

    b - centre panel, 180 x 150 cm

    c - right panel, 180 x 150 cm

    Signature & date

    Part a: Signed u.r., verso, texta 'RUSTY PETERS'. Not dated.
    Part b: Signed u.l., verso, texta 'RUSTY PETERS'. Not dated.
    Part c: Signed u.l., verso, texta 'RUSTY PETERS'. Not dated.

    Credit
    Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program by Helen Johns, Judith O'Callaghan, Simeon Kronenberg, Diane Appleby, Lou Ewins and Vaughan Rees 2018
    Location
    Entrance Pavilion
    Accession number
    28.2018.a-c
    Copyright
    © Estate of Rusty Peters, Warmun Art Centre/Copyright Agency

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    'Gamerre – What’s this museum?' compares Gija approaches to the creation, collection and ownership of cultural objects with those of institutions like the Art Gallery. In considering these institutions and their role in informing society, the late Rusty Peters saw similarities with the Gija concept of Gamerre, the land where all people live, which
    is enlivened with rock paintings and is a storehouse for cultural objects.

    A Gija toolkit is detailed in this work: different boomerangs, spears, knives, axes, resin and sinew. Alongside this, Peters refers to the water python and king brown snake which are connected to Springvale Station where he was born and spent his early years learning Gija lore and culture. The six ‘thumbnail’-like images are reminiscent of objects stored in individual boxes in cultural institutions. Each has
    its own importance, but in combination they contribute to something greater. Peters’ innovative approach, painted with thick ochres from his Country, is a poetic comment
    on cultural knowledge and how this is transmitted.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Warmun (Turkey Creek)

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

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