Welcome to Country
A TarraWarra Museum of Art exhibition touring with NETS Victoria, curated by Stacie Piper.
Paola Balla 'Murrup (Ghost) Weaving in Rosie Kuka Lar (Grandmother’s Camp)' 2021 with Rosie Tang 'Untitled Wallpaper' 2021. Installation shot (detail), Tarrawarra Museum of Art. Photograph: Andrew Curtis
Artists: Paola Balla Kim Wandin Djirri Djirri Wurundjeri Woman’s Dance Group Arika Waulu Nannette Shaw Steven Rhall Glenda Nicholls Kent Morris Deanne GilsonLewis Wandin-BursillRhiannon Williams
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 hearts– 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 Southeast Australia and their Country, over thousands of generations.
“Our hope is that you walk away in awe of the beauty of Country, and empowered with a personal sense of connection and responsibility to care for it as we always have.” Stacie Piper, Curator.
WILAM BIIK features new work from contemporary artists Paola Balla (Wemba Wemba, Gundjitmara), Deanne Gilson (Wadawurrung), Kent Morris (Barkindji), Glenda Nicholls (Ngarrindjeri and Yorta Yorta), Steven Rhall (Taungurung), Nannette Shaw (Tyereelore, Trawoolway, Bunurong), Kim Wandin (Wurundjeri), Lewis Wandin-Bursill (Wurundjeri/Woi-wurrung) Arika Waulu (Gunditjmara, Djapwurrung, Gunnai) and the Djirri Djirri Wurundjeri Women’s Dance Group (Wurundjeri, Dja Dja Wurrung, Ngurai Illum-Wurrung).
WILAM BIIK is a TarraWarra Museum of Art exhibition touring with NETS Victoria, curated by Stacie Piper.
This project has been assisted by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria.
TarraWarra Museum of Art30.10.21 – 21.11.21
Wangaratta Art Gallery30.04.22 – 12.06.22
Stacie Piper giving a Curators Talk at Wangaratta Art Gallery for WILAM BIIK, 2022. Photographer: Erin Davis-Hartwig
Wyndham Art Gallery27.10.22 – 18.12.22
Latrobe Regional Gallery04.03.23 – 03.06.23
Walker Street Gallery25.07.23 – 08.09.23
Paola Balla Murrup (Ghost) Weaving in Rosie Kuka Lar (Grandmother’s Camp) 2021
And Rosie Tang
'Untitled Wallpaper' 2021
Installation view, Tarrawarra Museum of Art.
Photograph: Andrew Curtis
Kent Morris Barkindji Blue Sky - Ancestral Connections #11 2021
digital print on phototex wallpaper with framed giclee prints on rag paper, 1356 x 492.5 cm. Installation view, TarraWarra Museum of Art. Courtesy of the artist and Vivien Anderson Gallery
Glenda Nicholls Drag Net 2021
jute, wood, river clay, native river mussel shell, 200 x 100 cm. Courtesy of the artist . Photograph: Andrew Curtis
Nannette Shaw Kelp Vessel 2021
kelp, native Tasmanian wood, river reed, 13 x 21 x 14 cm. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Andrew Curtis
Steven Rhall Of the earth 2021
inkjet print, steel, audio, amplifier, subwoofer, granite, table, light, architectural intervention, framed and wrapped inkjet prints, dimensions variable. Courtesy the artist. Photograph: Andrew Curtis
Djirri Djirri Wurundjeri Woman’s Dance Group ‘Wominjeka’ 2018–20
Video projection on wallpaper. Filmed by Ryan Tews. 2 minutes 26 seconds. Installation view: WILAM BIIK, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 2021. Courtesy of the artists. Photograph: Andrew Curtis
Kim Wandin (L-R) 'Jemima Burns Wandin Dunolly, Wrapped in Country', 'Robert Wandoon, Wrapped in Country', 'Annie Borate, Wrapped in Country', 'William Barak, Wrapped in Country' 2021
Installation view, TarraWarra Museum of Art, 2021. Courtesy the artist and Museums Victoria.
Arika Waulu 'Yuccan Noolert (Mother Possum)' and 'Gunnai Matriarchal Tree (Wallpaper)'
Courtesy the artist. Installation view, TarraWarra museum of Art, Photographer: Andrew Curtis
Deanne Gilson As I Walk on Country, Passing the Manna Gum and the Banksia Tree, I Remember the Past and Work Towards a Brighter Future (detail) 2021
white ceremonial ochre, wattle tree sap, red ochre, pink ochre, acrylic on canvas. diptych: 90 x 110 cm each. courtesy of MUMA | Monash University Museum of Art