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Margaret Whitlam Galleries

Yalingen Allowah - Bringing Together

Installation shot of Yalingen Allowah - Bringing Together Exhibition

Installation shot of Yalingen Allowah - Bringing Together Exhibition

Installation shot of Yalingen Allowah - Bringing Together Exhibition

Installation shot of Yalingen Allowah - Bringing Together Exhibition

Installation shot of Yalingen Allowah - Bringing Together Exhibition

Installation shot of Yalingen Allowah - Bringing Together Exhibition

Venue
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Date
5 - 9 Nov 2012
Open
Monday - Friday: 10.00 am - 4.00 pm

­­­Yalingen Allowah – Bringing Together is an exhibition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artwork from the UWS art collection. It demonstrates contemporary Aboriginal sensibilities towards their lands and the sharing of their cultural knowledge and stories via paintings, print media and photo media.

Through their long term use and occupation of the Australian landscape, Aboriginal people have developed an intimate understanding of the environment, including flora and fauna and environmental conditions. The works in this exhibition primarily depict story places (where special dreaming events occurred) highlighting the dreaming tracks throughout the varied and contrasting landscapes of Australia. Some relate to a particular place or region and belong to those who reside there, whilst other dreamings travel over vast distances and connect those whose lands they cover.

However some artists within this exhibition, who have endured dispossession from their traditional land, tell stories of European invasion. These works contest European settlers asserting custodianship over Aboriginal sites and artefacts, as well the continent of Australia. These works suggest the detrimental consequences of European colonisaton to Aboriginal people and their cultural and community life, which still affects their identity and their sense of place within Australia today.

The title of this exhibition, “Bringing Together” was trasnlated in Darug to “Yalingen Allowah” by UWS Elder on campus, Aunty Edna Watson, traditional owner, Durug Nation.