Gwandidj Djiriban—They Are Us, is a multi-generational family exhibition that showcases four generations of artists in the Mullett family: Albert Mullett, Rachel Mullett, Richard Mullett, Michael Mullett, Jennifer Mullett, Doris Paton, Christine Johnson, Tim Paton, Kerrie Clarke, Ben Pender, Hollie Johnson, Steaphan Paton, Jirrah Pender, and Njarala Paton.
Gwandidj Djirriban explores continual inspiration of cultural life as Gunai / Ngarigo Monero and the lifelong custodianship of connection to places, story and country. A deep connection that is the source of knowledge passed to the younger generations in the family. It is a continuous longline of tradition and intergenerational knowledge, and understanding of who we are—they are us—we are them. The younger generation now knowledge keepers and the ‘eyes and footprints’ of their Elders and Ancestors. Each artist’s spiritual sense of belonging is guided by their strong ancestral connections, memories, stories and connection to the country of their generations of grandparents.
This powerful exhibition is a collective of individual and interdisciplinary artists whose contemporary and traditional work embodies culture and knowledge. Each expressed differently but collectively in vivid colour, in symbols and imagery through printmaking, drawing, textiles, wood craft, jewellery and painting.
The Borun & Tuk Gallery is the Gippsland Art Gallery’s dedicated exhibition space for First Nations artists living and working on Gunaikurnai Country, working across a range of mediums. This immersive, blacked-out space showcases a changing line up of outstanding talent by local artists, so be sure to check back regularly.
Image: Kerrie Clarke (Gunai/Monero Ngarigo Peoples) Nephew, 2023, Acrylic on canvas60.7 x 60.7cm. Courtesy the artist. © The artist.
The Public Galleries Association of Victoria (PGAV) acknowledges the Wurundjeri Woi-Wurrung people of the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the lands where our office is located, and all Traditional Owners of country throughout Victoria and Australia. We recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.