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Mundine OAM (Bandjalang people, NSW) et al
The Native Born: Objects and representation from Ramingining, Arnhem Land
Museum of Contemporary Art 2000
296mm x 237mm, soft cover, 242 pp
book is inspired by a collection of Aboriginal art in the Museum of
Contemporary Art, Sydney, comprising over 200 works by artists from
Ramingining in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.
Murphy’s introduction focuses on the history of this collection and
Aboriginal art within the MCA, and the broader issues relating to the
custodianship of Aboriginal art.
Mundine’s major essay provides a broad social and historical context to
this collection, as well as a first-hand perspective on the life,
environment and art of Ramingining and the effects of contact with
non-indigenous culture – with pastoralists, missionaries, collectors,
teachers, and anthropologists.
rudder writes about the Aboriginal (Yolngu) conceptual reading of the
world through a variety of classificatory systems. He shows how these
systems reveal a concern with the relationships between all things –
plants, animals, humans and places – and with both the practical and
spiritual identity of things.
This book includes over 100 colour plates of paintings and sculptures from
the collection, as well as photographs of the natural environs around
Ramingining. There are numerous portraits of the artists and
illustrations to contextualise each essay, as well as a fully illustrated
catalogue list of works in the Ramingining collection.