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Murrŋiny – A story of metal from the east

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Sat 07 Aug 2021 | 12:00am to Sat 25 Sep 2021 | 12:00am

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Northern Centre for Contemporary Art (NCCA)

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Hit by shotguns, burnt by Dry season fires, rusted by monsoonal rain, discarded signs litter Territory roadsides. The power of the rules and warnings they once shouted have faded like their glossy reflective paint. A group of seven Yolngu artists from Yirrkala have come to rescue, recycle and rework these battered warriors in new ways which have never been seen before. Murrnginy is the Yolngu word for steel. It is also the name by which this nation was known by its neighbours and the first Europeans who encountered them. This name references the shovel nosed spears made here since pre-Cook times. Old signs are new again.

A partnership between Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, Salon Art Projects and the Northern Centre for Contemporary Art.

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Matt Ward & Paul Johnstone
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