MAKUWALADA – WOMEN: The Origins of Bentinck Island Art - SALLY GABORI, PAULA PAUL, MAY MOODOONUTHI & CLAUDIA MOODOONUTHI
In honour of International Women’s Day (Sunday 8th March 2020), Alcaston Gallery presents a special exhibition of paintings and objects by important Indigenous Australian female artists: Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda SALLY GABORI, Kuruwarriyingathi Bijarrb PAULA PAUL, Thunuyingathi Bijarrb MAY MOODOONUTHI, and CLAUDIA MOODOONUTHI, granddaughter of May Moodoonuthi.
Makuwalada directly translates to Women in the endangered Kayardild language of Bentinck Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria, Queensland, and this exhibition pays tribute to some of the incredible Kaiadilt women and artists.
In the late 1940s a severe Tsunami like weather event forced the Kardil people’s removal from the tiny island after a life untouched by the non-indigenous world, and they were relocated to Mornington Island. It was not until a visit to the Art Centre on Mornington Island in 2005 that made way for the artists’ incredible story and a new art movement began. Instigated by the great SALLY GABORI, the seven Kaiadilt womenburst into the art world with their evocative and vibrant paintings of Story Places about life and culture on Bentinck Island. With no documented art history from their homeland life, the Elders had freedom to interpret their Island culture and Story places from the mind’s eye – memory of place.
Signaling a third generation of talented Kaiadilt female artists, we present new work by CLAUDIA MOODOONUTHI, granddaughter of May Moodoonuthi. Born on Bentinck Island, Claudia is continually inspired by her Kaiadilt family and ancestors, bringing a fresh outlook on life and culture in far north Queensland through her distinctive use of colour, cheeky sense of humour and unique artistic style. Already in major collections in Australia and overseas, Claudia Moodoonuthi’s paintings relate to Bentinck Island, her ancestors and Kaiadilt family.
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