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WILAM BIIK by TarraWarra Museum of Art

WILAM BIIK by TarraWarra Museum of Art

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This richly illustrated 116-page hardback catalogue has been published by TarraWarra Museum of Art to accompany the exhibition WILAM BIIK, curated by Wurundjeri, Dja Dja Wurrung and Ngurai Illum Wurrung woman Stacie Piper as part of her two-year Yalingwa position as the First Nations curator at TarraWarra Museum of Art

WILAM BIIK (which means Home Country in the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people) is an exhibition arising from the unsevered connection between First Peoples of South East Australia, their Country, and their Ancestors. 

The exhibition features new work from contemporary artists Paola Balla (Wemba Wemba, Gundjitmara), Deanne Gilson (Wadawurrung), Kent Morris (Barkindji), Glenda Nicholls (Ngarrindjeri and Yorta Yorta), Steven Rhall (Taungurung), Nannette Shaw (Tyereelore, Trawoolway, Bunurong), Kim Wandin (Wurundjeri), Arika Waulu (Gunditjmara, Djapwurrung, Gunnai), Rhiannon Williams (Wakaman, Waradjuri), and the Djirri Djirri Wurundjeri Women’s Dance Group (Wurundjeri, Dja Dja Wurrung, Ngurai Illum-Wurrung) together with works by William Barak (Wurundjeri), Timothy Korkanoon (Wurundjeri), Granny Jemima Burns Wandin Dunolly (Wurundjeri), Joyce Moate (Taungurung), Rosie Tang nee Egan (Wemba Wemba, Gunditjmara), Letty Nicholls (Ngarrindjeri), and a selection of Ancestral personal tools and adornments from the South East region of Australia.  

The catalogue is richly illustrated with images of each of the artist’s works and accompanied by statements about their respective practices. The catalogue also includes a Welcome to Country by Senior Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin AO, and informative and insightful essays by Wurundjeri Elder Uncle Dave Wandin, Yorta Yorta woman, curator and writer Kimberley Moulton, and the exhibition curator Stacie Piper.