Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression
Opens 15-12-2017, closes 11-03-2018
Argyle Gallery 4
Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression is a touring exhibition exploring the ancient craft of printmaking, featuring vibrant and historically significant works by Australian indigenous artists.
Presented by Artback NT in association with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, the exhibition celebrates the Yirrkala Print Space, located in a remote corner of Arnhem Land, where the ancient craft of printmaking has not only survived, but prospered for over 20 years.
Balnhdhurr is a vibrant acknowledgement of the creative energies, talent and commitment of generations of Yolngu artists who have utilised and pushed the boundaries of such a medium to share significant cultural and historical stories.
With works from 50 artists, this exhibition includes prints that are historically significant. The Berndt Etchings series talks about the Berndt Crayon Drawings of Yirrkala, produced by the artists’ predecessors in 1947, while String Figure Prints are a response to another archaeological collection from 1948.
Pieces in Balnhdhurr also reveal the significant impact the introduction of bright acrylics had on artists, which allowed them to explore a whole new genre of artistic storytelling that became a joyous explosion of colour and expression.
Balnhdhurr is a coming together of cultures and time, providing an opportunity for a wider audience to recognise the accomplishments of a sustainable, functional and thriving print studio operating in an isolated landscape.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts and funding advisory body.
Image details: Hunting Dhawu, Nyapanyapa Yunupingu. Photographic screenprint, 2001, 47 x 39 cm.