Streets of Papunya video now live

Papunya was the place where contemporary desert art all began.

Streets of Papunya: The Reinvention of Papunya painting at RMIT Gallery until 11 June, curated by renowned Papunya scholar Vivien Johnson, tells the story of the renaissance of artwork from this renowned location and reveals the remarkable art of the women painters of Papunya today, the daughters of the men who founded the desert art movement at Papunya in the 1970s.

Watch the video, which features Vivien talking about the exhibition at RMIT Gallery, and painter Charlotte Phillipus Napurrula, who travelled from Papunya to open the exhibition, and speak at the well attended floor talk the following day.

Charlotte  was taught to paint by her father Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra, one of the founders of the desert art movement.

“It is now our turn to do the paintings,” Charlotte said. “It’s about our country, and our grandfather’s country.”

Charlotte Phillipus Napurrula standing between her work (left) Kapi Tjukurrpa – Kalipinypa, 2015 and (right) Water Dreaming in the Cliffs 1972, by her father Long Jack Phillipus Tjakamarra.



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