This is from the song of the Brolga.
She is my clan’s maternal grandmother
She is dancing. And she sings this as her feet leave the ground.
She is flying from her nest to her destiny.
I am that bird. This is me.
I can fly
— Dhambit Munuŋgurr
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is delighted to welcome visitors back to the gallery with an exhibition of new works by Yolŋu artist, Dhambit Munuŋgurr. After receiving widespread acclaim for her immersive installation work, ‘Can we all have a happy life?’, at the 2020 NGV Triennial, Dhambit was a finalist in the 2021 Wynne Prize at the Art Gallery of New South Wales and the winner of the 2021 Telstra Bark Painting Award at the NATSIA Awards at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
Following a car accident in 2007, which left her with life threatening injuries, Dhambit courageously overcame restrictions on her movement and speech to create a distinct and dynamic practice. Ḏurrk – I can fly at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery continues the artist’s foray into the colour blue, a hue that has become the dominant palette for her larger works since 2019.
Dhambit is the daughter of two winners of the First Prize in the NATSIA Awards: Mutitjpuy Munuŋgurr and Gulumbu Yunupiŋu. Her grandfathers are Woŋgu and Muŋgurrawuy who themselves are celebrated leaders and artists. She finds acceptance within her community and the art market as an innovator with a deep understanding of Yolŋu law and the spiritual forces of her Yolŋu country. Dhambit’s work does not mimic others. She presents a fresh perspective in Yolŋu designs, creating art made for a higher purpose.
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