YOYI (dance), University of Melbourne
Opens: MAY 27th, 2022
Closes: JULY 16, 2022
Location: Fiona and Sidney Myer Gallery, Victorian College of the Arts, Dobbs Street, Southbank VIC
Opening this Friday 27 May at 10am, with performance by Pedro Wonaeamirri. Please see more information in the link above...
The exhibition features a new collaborative four channel video work YOYI, alongside a selection of contemporary ochre works on stringybark and tunga (Tiwi folded bark baskets) recently produced at Jilamara Arts and Crafts Association on the Tiwi Islands. Place, performance and the body are central to Tiwi art-making. YOYI, draws on these performative foundations, using the medium of film to bring both dance, language and vision of Country into the gallery. Through sound and moving image this work establishes a clear link between the iconic styles of jilamara design and its origins in dance, body painting, family totem dances and ceremony. Alongside a selection of new ochre works on bark this exhibition draws links between Tiwi art making that utilises materials of the land and vision of participating artists dancing on Country through an artist-led collaborative multi-media work. This project was made possible with support from Fiona and Sidney Myer Gallery and the Indigenous Knowledge Institute at the University of Melbourne. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory board.