Wangka Kutjara, Tjukurpa Kutju

Linden New Art is thrilled to announce its new exhibition Wangka Kutjara, Tjukurpa Kutju (language for Two Voices, One Tjukurpa) by Anangu mother-daughter duo Puna Yanima and Linda Puna. The exhibition is presented by Linden New Art in partnership with Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. It will be held at Domain House from Saturday 28 July until Sunday 2 September.

Drawing on the 2018 National NAIDOC theme Because of her, we can!, Wangka Kutjara, Tjukurpa Kutju presents the mother-daughter relationship of Anangu women Puna Yanima and Linda Puna for the first time in a public gallery setting.

The duo’s work depicts the sacred sites and everyday life of the Mimili community and surrounding Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands (APY) in the northwest of South Australia.

Focusing on the strength and importance of women in community and the significance of passing knowledge on to the next generation, the exhibition highlights the centrality of women in the cultural, social and political spheres, both locally and nationally. An audio recording of the two women discussing their shared histories and knowledge will accompany the paintings in the exhibition.

Artists Puna Yanima and Linda Puna are represented by Mimili Maku Arts. Located in the APY Lands, this arts centre is a place for intergenerational exchange and learning, offering support to artists across numerous disciplines.

Puna Yanima is a respected senior Anangu woman. She has a strong connection to country, traditional law and culture and a deep knowledge of Inma (ceremonial music and dance); elements which she believes breathe life into her art.

Puna’s daughter Linda is the first Anangu woman to live in a remote community while being dependent on a motorised wheelchair. Her paintings combine Tjukurpa (traditional lore, laws and songlines) with day-to-day observations of community life. Recurring motifs of Toyota 4WDs, rock holes, windmills and maku (witchetty grubs) are incorporated into her work to depict the rocky desert country of the Mimili community and surrounding homelands. Her bold brush strokes and joyous use of colour provide a unique perspective on the remote community in a fearlessly honest way.

Linden New Art opened to the public in 1986 and aims to be a centre for creative excellence. While exciting renovations to their St Kilda home are taking place, Linden New Art is presenting their exhibition program in venues across the city, including Domain House. They look forward to returning to their greatly-improved building in August 2018.

Puna Yanima & Linda Puna

Wangka Kutjara, Tjukurpa Kutju

Domain House, Dallas Brooks Drive, South Yarra, VIC, 3141

Saturday 28 July – Sunday 2 September


Image caption: Puna Yanima, Antara, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist and Mimili Maku Arts.