Join an NGV Educator live from the NGV for a short and lively introduction to one work of art or design from Triennial.
- Explore the ways in which artists communicate their views, beliefs and opinions in artworks
- Identify and describe how ideas are expressed in Triennial art and design works
- Discuss how artworks are made and how the choice of materials can influence the meaning of artworks
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