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WILAM BIIK

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Kent Morris (Barkindji), Barkindji Blue Sky - Ancestral Connections #8, 2019, giclee print on rag paper, 110 x 160 cm, Edition of 5 + 2AP. Courtesy of the artist.

WILAM BIIK

31 Jul 2021 - 7 Nov 2021

In the Woiwurrung language of the Wurundjeri people, Wilam Biik means Home Country.

How do we see Country?  How do we listen to Country? How do we connect to Country?

You are called to listen deeply with your ears, eyes and bodies – to understand how First People connect with Wilam Biik.

Wilam Biik is the Soil, the Land, the Water, the Air, the Sky and the Animals that reside within. It is the only home we know, and we honour it for its sacred exchange. A home where Custodial rights and responsibilities never left.

An exhibition of cultural consciousness and knowledge, of an unsevered connection between First Peoples of South East Australia and their Country, over thousands of generations.

WILAM BIIK is the second exhibition to be presented as part of Yalingwa, a Victorian Government initiative. Yalingwa is a partnership between the Victorian Government, ACCA and TarraWarra Museum of Art, designed to support the development of outstanding contemporary Indigenous art and curatorial practice. It includes three new curatorial positions and three major exhibitions alternating between ACCA and TarraWarra Museum of Art, focused on new commissions by contemporary Indigenous artists.

The exhibition features new work from contemporary artists Paola Balla (Wemba Wemba, Gundjitmara), Deanne Gilson (Wadawurrung), Kent Morris (Barkindji), Glenda Nicholls (Waddi Waddi, 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), and a selection of ancestral personal tools and adornments from the South East Australian region.

Tickets on sale Monday 26 July 9am via the TWMA website.


Image: Kent Morris (Barkindji), Barkindji Blue Sky - Ancestral Connections #8, 2019, giclee print on rag paper, 110 x 160 cm, Edition of 5 + 2AP. Courtesy of the artist.

Gallery Details

TarraWarra Museum of Art
311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road
Healesville VIC 3777
T: 03 5957 3100
E: museum@twma.com.au
W: twma.com.au

Opening Hours
Open Tuesday – Sunday: 11am to 5pm
Open 7 days a week from Boxing Day to Australia Day
Open all public holidays except Christmas Day

Admission
$10 Adults
$8 Seniors card holders
$5 Pensioners, concession & students
Children under 12 free

Wednesdays – free for 3777 and 3775 postcodes (Yarra Glen, Healesville & surrounds), students, pensioners and concession card holders

Admission is free for CIMAM and ICOM card-carrying members

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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 people’s enduring traditions and continuing creative cultures. We pay our respect to Elders past, present and emerging.