Women with clever hands past and present

Hamby, Louise and Young, Diana (2013) Women with clever hands past and present. St Lucia, QLD, Australia, The University of Queensland Anthropology Museum.

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Author Hamby, Louise
Young, Diana
Title Women with clever hands past and present
Place of publication St Lucia, QLD, Australia
Publisher The University of Queensland Anthropology Museum
Publication date 2013-08
Total pages 1 curated exhibition
Language eng
Subject Curated or Produced Substantial Public Exhibition/Event - Exhibition/Event
Formatted Abstract/Summary
A dazzling array of fibre objects from Arnhem Land form the new exhibition Women with Clever Hands past and present at the University of Queensland Anthropology Museum. Hats suitable for the Melbourne Cup, handbags for shopping expeditions and feathered bodywear for ceremony are all to be found here with mats, baskets, string bags and a small menagerie of animal sculptures.

Arnhem Land is home for many clan groups from Kunwinjku in the west to Mara in the southeast, each expressing their identities through fibre work. The majority of the works in this exhibition were made by artists living in the communities east of Maningrida towards Yirrkala. Two-thirds of the objects originate from Lake Evella or Gapuwiyak; these are contemporary works made during the last fifteen years.

Alongside these newer works are older pieces from the Anthropology Museum’s Foundation Donation of items from L. P. Winterbotham's personal collection. Here are things that reference the practices that were in place before missions began their work in Arnhem Land. Ochred finely twined pandanus baskets with their hand-spun string handles and rounded bottoms reference an era when Aboriginal people considered the skill necessary to make them, and the time expended, as a normal part of daily life. There are also delicate feathered objects, such as armbands, still being made today for ceremonial purposes. The remainder of the included works from the Anthropology Museum’s collection come from a landmark exhibition curated by Djon Mundine in 1981 which showcased art work from the Dhuwa and Yirritja moieties of Milingimbi.
Keyword Arnhem Land
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Duration of exhibition: August 2013 - 2 March 2014. Exhibition details: http://www.anthropologymuseum.uq.edu.au/women-with-clever-hands-past-and-present

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