Gapu Murnuk

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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George Dhangi (Deceased),Guku Galinyin (Yirritja Bee Hive and Honey Body Paint Design), Ochre on Eucalyptus Bark, 98 x 40 in / 38.5 x 16cm, 2017 (#3371-17)

George Dhangi (Deceased)Wagilag Sisters and Dhapilany (Sacred Caterpillars associated with the Wagilag Sisters Story), Ochre on Eucalyptus Bark, 66 x 23.5 in. 2007, (#3402-17)

George Dhangi (Deceased), Guku Galinyin (Yirritja Bee Hive and Honey Body Paint Design), Ochre on Eucalyptus Bark
44.5 x 19 in / 113 x 49cm, 2017, (#3389-17)

Judy Lirririnyin, Kulta (Fire Ceremony), Ochre on Eucalyptus Bark, 21 x 12 in / 54 x 31cm, 2017, (#3422-17)

Colin Yerrilil, Nyapili (King Brown Snake), Ochre on Eucalyptus Bark, 39.5 x 13 in / 100 x 33cm, 2017, (#3390-17)

Raymond Bulambula, Gapu Murnuk at Minirna (Clean and Muddy Salt Water Mixing), Ochre on Eucalyptus Bark, 24.5 x 10 in / 62 x 25cm, 2017, (#3398-17)

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, Djalambu: Manburi ga Guku (Catfish Bones and Bush Honey), Ochre on hollow eucalyptus timber, 56.5 x 6 in / 56.5 x 6cm, 2017, (#3373-17)

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)

Jack Roy, Larratitja (Malarra Burial Pole), 2017, Ochre on Hollow Eucalyptus Timber, 63.5 x 6 in / 161 x 15cm (#3412-17)

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)

Helen Ganalmirriwuy, Gunga Mat (Black Pandanus Mat), Pandanus Fibre and Natural Dyes, 29 in / 74cm diameter + fringes, 2017, (#3334-17)

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, Yothu Bathi (Baby Basket), Pandanus Fibre and Natural Dyes, 31 x 12 x 6 in / 78 x 30 x 16cm, 2017, (#3251-17)

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. 

Milingimbi Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation

The Milingimbi Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation is a community owned Art Centre that maintains an important position in the national art and cultural arena. Milingimbi Art and Culture has a long history of producing works steeped in active cultural practice such as barks, ceremonial poles, carvings and weavings. Works from Milingimbi are integral to important collections in many National and International institutions.

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