Pa­punya: A place made aGThe­feto ray

Byaeahr nd James Bar­don

Art Almanac - - Art In Aus­tralia -

‘Pa­punya: A Place made after the story’ re­counts Ge­of­frey Bar­don’s (1940-2003) jour­ney as a teacher in an Abo­rig­i­nal set­tle­ment at Pa­punya in Al­ice Springs in 1971 – the place where his pro­found ex­pe­ri­ences with Abo­rig­i­nal cul­ture and sto­ry­telling be­gan. Bar­don felt com­pelled to doc­u­ment the ex­tra­or­di­nary knowl­edge of the Pa­punya peo­ple – their sto­ries of Coun­try and Dream­ing through art. Over 18 months, Bar­don es­tab­lished the Pa­punya School and he was in­te­gral to the devel­op­ment of the men’s Western Desert Paint­ing Move­ment. This pub­li­ca­tion presents an im­por­tant cul­tural archive fea­tur­ing over 500 paint­ings (some of which no longer ex­ist), draw­ings and pho­to­graphs. De­tailed texts shed light on the sym­bols and mo­tifs used in the Western Desert paint­ing style, and bi­ogra­phies share sto­ries of the lives of these painters.

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