Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters exhibition at the National Museum in Canberra 

An exhibition at the National Museum in Canberra, Songlines: Tracking the Seven Sisters is an epic story exploring ancient Indigenous songlines. The exhibition has been supported by research undertaken following a 2011 Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects grant, led by Professor Howard Morphy from The Australian National University.

The first exhibition of its kind, it is attempting to tell—in an exhibition space—an Indigenous narrative, using Indigenous ways of passing on knowledge, in a highly interactive and immersive way.

The Songlines project has been a cross-cultural, collaborative research project involving artists, singers, storytellers, dancers, scientists and anthropologists. It has also established new research partnerships between The Australian National University, the National Museum of Australia, and remote Aboriginal organisations and Art Centres across the Western Deserts region.

The project has also laid the foundation for future research cooperation and community access to institutional collections, with the research undertaken contributing to the curatorial themes and content of two exhibitions, at the South Australian Museum and the National Museum of Australia. 

The exhibition is open at National Museum Australia until 25 Feburary 2018.

 

Image: Nola Taylor, Minyari camp painting. Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa, Martumil Artists 
Source:  National Museum of Australia

 

 

Original Published Date: 
Friday, January 5, 2018