Yúbburr-yubburr: dusk

Ended — at Euroa Butter Factory

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Yúbburr-yubburr: Dusk brings together well-known female artists from the homelands of Arnhem Land. Their colourful and expressive hand printed fabrics integrate time-honoured traditions of art making with contemporary imagery.

‘We think to the ancestors. We think to our culture. The paperback canoe, the yam designs, fishtraps woven- they are all stories from our people. We watch the Yúbburr-yubburr, the light sinking away, then we see the moon come up.” Marilyn James

Yúbburr-yubburr refers to the light just after sundown or ‘dusk’, referencing the pallet of colours the Babbarra artists use to print their fabrics. The colours remind the women of the light and hues from the sun in nature.

‘When we see every afternoon the reds, yellows, white, light blue and oranges of the afternoon sky, we call out to the Yúbburr-yubburr. Sunrise to sunset, our old people used to go out hunting, looking for food. They never had any balanda food, our people just lived with bush foods. The Yúbburr-yubburr told them it was time to go home.The designs in this Yúbburr-yubburr exhibition like the dilly bags, the fishtrap and the Makassan boat, make us think about our history, our ancestors.’ Marilyn James

Deborah Wurrkidj, Jennifer Wurrkidj, Susan Marawarr, Janet Marawarr, Raylene Bonson, Elizabeth Kala Kala and Melba Gunjarrwanga feature in the exhibition. These women have formed the backbone of a generation of female Kuninjku artists since the 1990s. They continue to forge a path for women in their community and push the boundaries of their creative practice.

Participating Artists