23 April - 17 September 2016
Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 5pm.
Honouring the life and legacy of lawman, philosopher, artist, activist, storyteller, bush professor, and statesman, David Mowaljarlai.
Presented by the Berndt Museum
Ngarinyin Lawman Bungal (David) Mowaljarlai, OAM (c.1925-1997) was an artist, philosopher and distinguished advocate for the land rights and culture of the Kimberley Wandjina peoples. Through personality and force of will he guided his people through complex colonial relationships and the momentous changes imposed upon them, including re-settlement hundreds of kilometres away from their Country to Mowanjum, near Derby, in the 1950s.
Through images and sound, the exhibition will introduce audiences to Mowaljarlai's gift to the world - his extraordinary commitment to communicate with the younger generation and cross-culturally through working partnerships, complex knowledge systems imbued with wisdom, transmitted through eons past, into the future.
Visitors will experience a selection of Mowaljarlai's paintings, drawings and sketches. Along with personal photographs and audio-visual footage in which he features, this will provide an insight into his influence and extensive cultural reach.
Image: Bungal (David) Mowaljarlai, Mowaljarlai Archive, Berndt Museum, photographer unknown.