West Papua

My Culture - Opening Night

The My Culture exhibition of new etchings and woodblock prints by Artur Brata Laras, Chico dos Santos and Amos Wainggai opened on 21 August and runs until 12 September 2015 as part of the Craft Cubed Festival. The opening was joyous, warm and filled with many communities meeting. Artur made offerings to all ancestors, and sought blessings of harmony in the gathering. Chico sang to his ancestors in the gallery in keeping with cultural protocols. Amos called the warriors to action in a moving song. Ronny Kareni and the West Papuan community members who responded with singing and percussion were joined by Colombian musicians, with the opening flowing into the night by song, dance, food and conversation.

My Culture was supported by the City of Yarra.

My Culture - Artur Brata Laras, Chico dos Santos, Amos Wainggai

Untitled  by Amos Wainggai, woodblock print on Magnani paper, 20 x 30cm, 2014

Untitled by Amos Wainggai, woodblock print on Magnani paper, 20 x 30cm, 2014

TETUN Badinas-nain husi dalan arte-nian husi Rai Papua-Oeste, Ilha Bali, no Timor-Leste, hamutuk hodi hatutan ba ita hotu Hau Rain. Artur Brata Laras, Chico dos Santos, no Amos Wainggai, kria ona liman etun badinas-nian nebe limitado hodi pinta ho risku furak iha Ai-kabelak no besi tahan nia leten hamutuk ho uma-arte Projekto Ita Nian Rasik. Sa-mak sei hatutan iha Hau Rain mak hanesan: konta hodi hanoin fali tempu sei labarik-oan, ilas kultura no lisan no moedas Bei-ala nian, no mos istoria libertasaun, moris nia lalaok no espiritu forte hodi Hadiak-dalan nudar Nasaun rasik-Hamrik Mesak!

BALINESE Seniman saking Papua Barat, Pulau Bali lan Timor-Leste sareng-sareng mapupul ngarincikan acara sane mawasta My Country. Artur Brata Laras, Chico dos Santos lan Amos Wainggai sampun ngardi pakaryan sane mapatok inggih punika kayu sane matakeh lan etsa sane kakaryanin ring studio The Ownership Project. Ring sajeroning My Country pacang kalaksanyang kilasan kenangan sadaweg alit, rancangan niskala lan wangsa, rauh ring pikayunan-pikayunan sane mabuat indik kebebasan lan penentuan jalan hidup.

AMBAI Inontarai ewe ewonomi na nu Papua nu Bali foi tuti nu Timor Leste ame. Gandhi amea we kariri nu ameneng foi. Artur Brata Laras, Chico dos Santos, tutu Amos Wainggai, amenari fi waworu ame tainawi mahikai amewe arikang pa toiri o kaiwasa mano etoa siaiyam posa.

ENGLISH Artists from West Papua, Pulau Bali, and Timor-Leste come together to present My Culture. Artur Brata Laras, Chico dos Santos, and Amos Wainggai have created new limited edition woodblock prints and etchings in The Ownership Project’s print studio. Presented in My Culture are snapshots of childhood memory, spiritual and tribal designs, as well as notions of freedom and self-determination.

 

OPENING 6-8pm Friday 21 August

CURRENT 22 August – 12 September 2015 in Craft Cubed Festival

GALLERY Level 1, 110 Johnston St, Fitzroy

This arts project was supported by the City of Yarra