Lu­cent: Abo­rig­i­nal and Pa­cific Works from the Col­lec­tion

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“Lu­cent” draws to­gether works from the Abo­rig­i­nal and Pa­cific col­lec­tions, il­lu­mi­nat­ing con­nec­tions and dif­fer­ences be­tween the cul­tures. Evo­ca­tions of light and its ab­sence are ex­plored through works rang­ing from in­stal­la­tions of great majesty to in­ti­mate adorn­ments for the body. Mul­ti­ple feath­ered “Banumbirr” (Morn­ing star) poles as­so­ci­ated with cre­ation sto­ries en­gage with a 22-me­tre black “Ngatu Ta Uli” (bark­cloth) used within mourn­ing rit­u­als, as do dec­o­ra­tive and cer­e­mo­nial pearl­shell pen­dants from both cul­tures and tex­tiles.

On­go­ing, Gallery of Mod­ern Art, Stan­ley Place, South Bank. 3840 7303.

Henry Gam­bika Nupurra Dhama­randji; Trevor Gur­ruwiwi; Richard Gal­nardi­wuy; Gali Yalka­r­ri­wuy Gur­ruwiwi; David Lakar­riny Gur­ruwiwi Paul Gur­ruwiwi, “Banumbirr (Morn­ing star poles)” (de­tail). Bark fi­bre string, feath­ers, na­tive beeswax, syn­thetic poly­mer paint on wood, cot­ton thread, nat­u­ral pig­ments on wood. Col­lec­tion: Queens­land Art Gallery. © The artists.

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