Exhibition

Unbroken Lines of Resilience

feathers, fibre, shells

Woven skirt from Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island) © Rosemary Gamajun Mamuniny/Copyright Agency, 2018

Some of Australia’s most renowned Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander female artists, leading practitioners in their fields of weaving and shell stringing.

  • Cultural Warning 

    Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this exhibition includes names and artwork of deceased people.

    Unbroken Lines of Resilience: feathers, fibre, shells

    This year’s NAIDOC theme: Because of her, we can! celebrates the invaluable contributions that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women have made – and continue to make - to our communities, our families, our rich history and to our nation.

    Opens 8 July

    Unbroken Lines of Resilience: feathers, fibre, shells brings together some of Australia’s most renowned Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander female artists, leading practitioners in their fields of weaving and shell stringing. 

    Their innovative works highlight the unbroken practices of our First Nations women and their deep cultural connections and knowledge systems. These practices include harvesting and processing organic and contemporary fibres, feathers and shells to create intricate bodywear for adornment.  

    The exhibition also features domestic fishing implements made from organic materials. 

    Artists featured in the exhibition:

    Lena Yarinkura
    Dulcie Greeno
    Maryann Sebasio
    Muriel Maynard (deceased)
    Ais Bero (deceased)
    Lola Greeno
    Mavis Warrngilna Ganambarr
    Rosemary Gamajun Mamuniny 

    Rosemary Gamajun Manuniny is a Yolŋu woman from Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island) Northern Territory is an exceptional fibre artist who learnt the art of fibre work as a young woman from her grandmother, mother and father. She is best known today for her work with feathers. 

    The woven fibre and feathered skirt demonstrates the use of traditional knowledge and techniques of weaving being used in a contemporary context bringing them into a new light and allowing the artist the opportunity to translate her techniques into a new form.

    This woven skirt from Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island) was produced for the inaugural Australian Indigenous Fashion Week (AIFW) in 2014.

    Woven skirt from Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island) © Rosemary Gamajun Mamuniny/ Licensed by Viscopy, 2018

    Kurrajong bush string, pandanus, feathers and natural dyes. ANMM Collection 00054382

    Image: © Rosemary Gamajun Mamuniny/Copyright Agency, 2018. Woven skirt from Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island).