As part of National Reconciliation Week 2021 – with its theme of ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action’ – the work of contemporary female Indigenous artist Nardurna (aka Ryhia Dank) was presented to the wider Sydney community in the lobby of the bustling Wintergarden building, in order to spread the united call for action.
Art plays a powerful role in changing minds and attitudes, which can lead to meaningful reconciliation. Reconciliation is a vital journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation.
Nardurna is Gudanji/Wakaja, with English/Irish and Spanish/Austrian heritage from her father’s side. She grew up in a remote community in the Northern Territory and got to know Country through the stories her family told her, and by walking in the places and footprints her family has travelled since the beginning.
This series of four paintings in this exhibition depict significant places from her childhood growing up in the Northern Territory. Titled ‘Water’, ‘Jurwarda (People II)’, ‘One of Many’, and ‘Seven Hills’, these vibrant artworks not only provided an eye-catching public display but allowed viewers a deeply personal insight into her life as an Indigenous woman in Australia.
The exhibition fly-through can be viewed here.
The exhibition was curated and produced by aMBUSH Gallery and presented by Wintergarden Sydney.
Nardurna (Ryhia Dank)