Sally Gabori paints her father’s country

We continue our series on the work of the late Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori currently showing at the Queensland Art Gallery until 28 August 2016. The exhibition includes the artist’s early paintings, her large collaborative works with other Kaiadilt women, and her almost monochromatic recent paintings and works on paper. Sally Gabori’s depictions of her homeland are…

Sally Gabori’s Mirdidingki: My Country

‘This is where I was born on Bentinck Island next to the Mirdidingki River’ Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori In Sally Gabori’s paintings places and people are inseparable, stemming from the Kaiadilt tradition of naming people through association with the place and totem one was born into. By adding the Kaiadilt suffix ~ngathi (meaning ‘born at’)…

Sally Gabori’s Dulka Warngiid – Land of All

‘Danda ngijinda dulk, danda ngijinda malaa, danda ngad’ (This is my Land, this is my Sea, this is who I am) Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori was born around 1924 near a small creek on the southern side of Bentinck Island, in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria. This small island, measuring around…

Re-stretching Sally Gabori’s ‘Dulka Warngiid’

This video shows the re-stretching of Dulka Warngiid, one of several 6m long paintings in the exhibition ‘Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori: Duka Warngiid – Land of all‘ showcasing the artist’s early paintings, and her large collaborative works with other Kaiadilt women on view at the Queensland Art Gallery until 28 August 2016. Transporting oversized works…

Gather by the sea

To coincide with ‘Dulka Warngiid – Land of All’, our major retrospective of the work of Sally Gabori (Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda), the Children’s Art Centre presents ‘The Gabori Sisters: Gathering by the Sea’, an immersive exhibition for children developed in collaboration with Mrs Gabori’s daughters Elsie, Dorothy and Amanda Gabori. ‘Gathering by the Sea’ takes children…

A Journey to Sally Gabori’s Bentinck Island

Bruce McLean travelled north to Mornington Island to visit the family of Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori in preparation for the major exhibition ‘Dulka Warngiid – Land of All’. As part of his trip, Bruce was taken to Bentinck Island, Sally Gabori’s country, to view the places that were so important to her. Our trip to…