Sally Gabori’s land of all

Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Kaiadilt people, Australia 1924–2015 / Dibirdibi Country – Topway 2006 / Synthetic polymer paint on linen / Purchased 2008. Queensland Art Gallery Foundation Grant / Collection: Queensland Art Gallery / © Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori 2006/ Licensed by Viscopy, 2016

‘Like so many great artists, Sally excelled at painting the world she knew. The key to understanding her art comes from knowing, in at least a small way, her place — Kaiadilt Country — home to the Kaiadilt people on Bentinck Island. At just 16 by 18 kilometres, it is the largest of the South Wellesley group of islands in the southern Gulf of Carpentaria, off north-western Queensland, in northern Australia’.  Bruce McLean, Associate Curator, Australian Art

‘Land of all’, a retrospective of the work of the late Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori celebrates the life of the senior Kaiadilt artist from Bentinck Island.

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 abstract in nature, but retain representational elements which map traditional country and cultural identity in monumental paintings.

Join us for the opening on Saturday 21 May and hear Bruce McLean, Curator, Indigenous Australian Art, QAGOMA in conversation with Judith Ryan, Senior Curator of Indigenous Art, National Gallery of Victoria and Professor Paul Memmott, Director of the Aboriginal Environments Research Centre, The University of Queensland, as they discuss the life and work of Sally Gabori, and reflect on the significance of her practice on contemporary Australian art.

‘Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori: Dulka Warngiid – Land of all’
21 May – 28 August 2016 | QAG | Free
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