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Kungka Kuṉpu (Strong Women)

EXHIBITION BUNJIL Kungka Kuṉpu (Strong Women)

Kungka Kuṉpu (Strong Women)

2 Apr 2024 – 21 Jul 2024

Drawn from the Art Gallery of South Australia’s (AGSA) collection, Kungka Kuṉpu (Strong Women) showcases major contemporary works by celebrated women artists from the Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY) – cultural custodians of an oral tradition that epitomises the art of storytelling.

Working individually and collaboratively, these women leaders share an irrepressible desire to create ground-breaking works, deeply embedded with cultural knowledge and rich in ceremonial song and performance.

Presented as part of AGSA’s acclaimed Tarnanthi program, this regional touring exhibition reflects the adaptive genius, energy and dynamism of Aṉangu culture and recognises the APY art movement as a vital source of contemporary art production in Australia today.

Kungka Kuṉpu (Strong Women) tells the inspiring tale of women supporting each other across generations, expressed through exemplary paintings, large-scale woven sculptural installations and moving image. These works centre on caring for Country, mapping significant sites and life sustaining practices of the desert; as well as sharing complex narratives surrounding family obligations and relationships. This includes the well-known Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters) story about women who travel together and look after each other.

The Seven Sisters story has always been important for Aṉangu women and it is more important today than ever before… This is the power of women leaders. We can make all the women coming behind us fly.” - Nyunmiti Burton

Image: Ken Family Collaborative, Tjungkara Ken, Sandra Ken, Freda Brady, Maringka Tunkin, Yaritji Tingila Young and Paniny Mick, with their work Kangkura-KangkuraKu Tjukurpa - A Sister's Story, 2017, image courtesy Ken Family Collaborative/ and Tjala Arts.

Gallery Details

Bunjil Place Gallery
Bunjil Place
2 Patrick Northeast Drive
Narre Warren VIC 3805
T: 03 9709 9700
E: bunjilplace@casey.vic.gov.au
W: bunjilplace.com.au

Opening Hours
Tuesday - Sunday: 10am–5pm
Entry is Free

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Gallery Info

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.

We are an LGBTQIA+ friendly organisation and celebrate cultural diversity.