Take a deep dive into one work of art or design from NGV Triennial. Live every Wednesday through the school term, catch a glimpse of the exhibition with an NGV Educator.
- Analyse and interpret the themes, concepts and ideas and identify sources of inspiration in works of art and design.
- Discuss how artists use materials, techniques, technologies and processes to realise their intentions in their artworks.
- Identify and connect specific features of works to a wider historical, cultural and social context.
Can we all have a happy life
Dhambit Munuŋgurr’s immersive installation Can we all have a happy life 2019–2020 is made up of 15 bark paintings and nine larrakitj (hollow poles). The work was created at Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre, a Yolŋu-owned art centre located in the small Aboriginal community of Yirrkala in Northeast Arnhem Land. It is customary for artists from this region, who paint Country and its stories, to paint with ochres collected from the natural environment. Ochres and other pigments are ground against a flat stone, mixed with water and glue, then applied with a marwat (human hairbrush) to single sheets of stringybark. In 2005 Munuŋgurr was given special permission to use acrylic paint, following a car accident that left her using a wheelchair and made it more challenging for her to manipulate natural pigments around a bark canvas. This significant concession has enabled Munuŋgurr to become the first artist at Buku to use the colour blue in Yolŋu art.
Duration: 15 mins