Bark Ladies: Eleven Artists from Yirrkala is presented by the National Gallery of Victoria in collaboration with Buku Larrngay Mulka Centre.
Bark Ladies: Eleven Artists from Yirrkala is a major ground floor exhibition at NGV International that celebrates NGV’s extraordinary collection of bark paintings and larrakitj (painted hollow poles) by women artists working out of the Yolngu-run art centre, Buku Larrngay Mulka Centre (Buku), situated in Northeast Arnhem Land.
Buku is located in a small Aboriginal community called Yirrkala, which is approximately 700 km east of Darwin. According to the staff at Buku, under Yolngu Law the ‘Land’ extends to include sea, and both land and sea are connected in a single cycle of life which Yolngu people celebrate through their songs, scared designs and art. Both Yolngu men and women are known for channelling this unique world view into innovative works of art.
Credit: Noŋgirrŋa Marawili Baratjala 2019 earth pigment and recycled print toner on Stringybark (Eucalyptus sp.)