until 17.12. | #3267ARTatBerlin | Michael Reid Berlin currently shows the group exhibition Spirit Worlds – Contemporary Works from Maningrida, Northern Territory with works by artists from Maningrida.
With works by Samuel Namunjdja, Paul Namarinjmak Nabulumo, Janet Marawarr, Carlos Namunjdja, Deborah Wurrkidj, and Anniebell Marrngamarrnga Bindalbindal, the group has its genesis in body design, rock art and cultural practices such as manikay (song), bunggul (dance), doloppo bim (bark painting), sculptures, and kun-madj (weaving).
Michael Reid Berlin is honoured to present our final exhibition of 2021, eight works from the renowned Maningrida Arts & Culture centre. The art created at Maningrida comes from big country. Spanning 7,000 km, with over one hundred clan estates, the spirits painted and woven for this exhibition vary greatly, yet for 50 years the artists that created them have been unified in their expression through Maningrida Arts & Culture.
Courtesy by Michael Reid – Spirit World
From Paul Namarinjmak Nabulumo’s portrayal of Namarrkon the Lightning Spirit, who makes lightning and thunder by striking out with kurlbburru, the stone axes which protrude from its joints, to Janet Marawarr’s Namorrorddo, the profane spirit who carries a feared fighting stick, the miyarrul, and whose eerie cry is heard at night, these spirits represent knowledge and tradition that is alive and thriving in these communities.
Courtesy by Michael Reid – Spirit World – Paul Namarinjmak Nabulumo
‘I learnt how to weave from my mother, Nancy Djulumba, who passed away a long time ago. I first made coiled baskets, twined bags and string bags. I then learned how to paint from my husband [Dick Nadjolorro].
My favourite subject is the yawkyawk ngalkuburriyaymi, female spirit, who lives in the water at Kubumi. It is my husband’s Dreaming. I represent her in my bark paintings, in my timber carvings and also in my weaving.’
– Anniebell Marrngamarrnga, interview by Apolline Kohen at Maningrida Arts & Culture
The exhibition can be seen at Michael Reid Berlin as well as online.
Vernissage: Thursday, 2nd December, 5:00 – 7:00 pm.
Exhibition dates: Friday, 3rd December until Friday, 17th December 2021to the gallery
Exhibition Spirit Worlds – Contemporary Works from Maningrida, Northern Territory – Michael Reid | Contemporary Art – Kunst in Berlin – Exhibition Berlin Galleries | ART at Berlin