Artists

MIMILI MAKU ARTS


Nganampa walytja tjuta, nganampa ngura, nganampa tjukurpa:
Our family, our country, our stories

8– 23 April

In association with Mimili Maku Arts, Metropolis Gallery is proud to present Nganampa walytja tjuta, nganampa ngura, nganampa tjukurpa: Our family, our country, our stories’ an exciting exhibition of paintings by emerging and established artists from this celebrated Indigenous-owned Art Centre in the APY Lands of far north-west South Australia.

These vibrant paintings express a deep connection to country and culture, and represent traditional stories and diverse painting styles, from bold works by Judy Martin and Puna Yanima, to shimmering colours in works by senior artist Tuppy Goodwin and strong linear compositions of Willy Muntjantji Martin. Mimili Maku Arts encourages intergenerational cultural exchange: ‘Our young people learn from us, this makes our art centre strong and our community strong(Ngupluya Pumani, senior artist and Chairperson, Mimili Maku Arts).

Mimili Maku Arts takes its name from the maku (witchetty grub) found in the roots of the Acacia Kempeana. The Maku Tjukurpa (witchetty grub songline) is a significant story from this area. Mimili is home to about 350 Anangu people who speak a mix of Yankunytjatjara, Pitjantjatjara, Ngaanyatjarra and Luritja.