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Mabel Juli


circa 1931 –

Language group: Gija, Kimberley region

  • Details

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    Materials used
    natural pigments on composite board
    80.0 x 122.0 cm
    Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Art Collection Benefactors 2010
    North Building, ground level, Yiribana Gallery
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    © Mabel Juli, courtesy Warmun Art Centre/Copyright Agency

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  • About

    In 2010, when invited to participate in a program at the Art Gallery, Gija artists working through Warmun Art Centre in Western Australia decided to perform the Junba, broadly known as the Gurrir Gurrir, in Sydney for the first time. Patrick Mung Mung, Mabel Juli and the late Phyllis Thomas and Betty Carrington led the performers who enacted the Junba over three consecutive days. This work was among those used within the performance, being carried on the shoulders of the performers at specific moments in the narrative.
    The Gurirr Gurirr was originally conceived of by artist Rover Thomas in the mid 1970s following a series of dream visitations by the spirit of an elderly woman who had passed away as a result of a car accident on flooded roads near Warmun caused by Cyclone Tracy. The events relating to the return of the woman’s spirit to the East
    Kimberley and the spirits and sites she encountered were ‘given’ to Thomas. These episodes were then translated or interpreted into a Junba by Thomas and senior Gija artists Paddy Jaminji and George Mung Mung. Painted boards revealed at key points were, and remain, central to the Junba.
    This work refers to the snake that grabbed the car and pulled it down an embankment where the road crosses the little creek called Woonggool which is to the south of Warmun.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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