For Yolngu people, Gapu Murnuk is the coming together of freshwater and saltwater, the muddy and the clean. As the gapu (water) travels it brings with it the tides. Gapu gamurray (saltwater) and gapu raping (freshwater) meet and create something else: gapu murnuk. Gapu murnuk is celebrated for its wealth and abundance, or dharruwa ngata, meaning lots of food, including fish and crocodile eggs. In Yolngu ceremonies gapu murnuk often represents the interconnected relationships between Yirritja and Dhuwa: the two complementary categories that structure every element in the universe.
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Judy Lirririnyin, Warrinyu Wanga (Flying Fox Camp), Ochre on 640gsm Arches Paper, 22 x 15 in / 56 x 38cm, 2017, (#3423-17)
Raymond Bulambula, Larrakitj: Latjin and Giyapara (Mangrove tree and Mangrove Worms Burial Pole), Ochre on Hollow Eucalyptus Timber, 59.5 x 5.5 in / 151 x 13 x 14cm, 2017, (#3378-17)
Joe Dhamanydji, Milminydjarrk at Garriyak (Sacred Waterholes at Garriyak), Ochre on Hollow Eucalyptus Timber, 60 x 5.5 in / 153 x 14cm, 2017, (#3375-17)
George Dhangi (Deceased), Djalambu: Gupapuyngu Mindji ( Gupapuyngu clan Burial Pole)
Ochre on Hollow Eucalyptus Timber, 62 x 7 in / 157 x 18cm , 2017, (#3364-17)
Helen Ganalmirriwuy, Gunga Mat (Pandanus Mat), 2017, Pandanus Fibre and Natural Dyes, 25.5 in / 72cm diameter / 150cm with fringe (#3410-17)
Helen Ganalmirriwuy, Gunga Mat (Black Pandanus Mat), Pandanus Fibre and Natural Dyes, 25 in / 63cm diameter + fringes, 2017,(#3355-17)
Margaret Rarru, Yothu Bathi (Baby Basket), Pandanus fibre and natural dyes, 31 x 13.5 x 8 in / 78 x 34 x 21cm, 2017, (#3250-17)
Margaret Rarru, Bathi Mul (Black Dilly Bag), Pandanus Fibre and Natural Dyes, 14 x 7.5 in / 36 x 19cm, 2017, (#3404-17)
Margaret Rarru, Bathi Mul (Black Dilly Bag), Pandanus Fibre and Natural Dyes, 11.5 x 6 in / 29 x 15 cm, 2017, (#3303-17)
The Gapu Murnuk exhibition was first displayed at the Embassy of Australia Washington D.C. in October, 2017. In May 2018 it was exhibited at Animal Logic, Los Angeles.