The Bulurru Dagil-ndu exhibition illustrates a very unique and compelling cultural narrative that draws from traditional lore and contextualises the contemporary experience of Djabugay artists and Djabugay bulmba (country).
Through new installation, object and video-based works the rising Djabugay Artists Collective tells the story of Gurra-minya and Gurra-bana, the dry and wet sides of the traditional Djabugay moitey system.
Bulurru is a very important Djabugay ngirrma (language) word. Its meaning crosses contexts: lore, creation, the creator, story waters, story places, the country, time itself, spiritual beings, and much more. Gurra-Gurra means ancestors in the Djabugay ngirrma. ‘Minya’ is meat from the dry-side of country. ‘Bana’ means water from the wet-side Country. If your father came from the dry-side, all your siblings had to follow your fathers’ line, and you all became gurra-minya. If you were from gurra-minya you must marry someone from gurra-bana.
Dennis Hunter, exhibition cultural curator
Gurra-bana, Gurra-minya – How our moiety system is established (detail), 2021, audio/ visual, courtesy of Djabugay Art Centre
Bulmba Djugaying – Smoking of the house/ homeland, 2021, audio/ visual, courtesy of Djabugay Art Centre
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