NGV Design Week Exhibition
Blak Dot Gallery, Brunswick
Furnishing Culpra combines traditional weaving, artwork and collaboratively designed furniture pieces constructed from salvaged surplus River Red Gum from an abandoned milling operation on Culpra Station in western NSW.
The exhibition explores, encapsulate and further develops this collaborative project between the Culpra Milli Aboriginal Corporation (CMAC), and OFFICE. Culpra Station which is situated in New South Wales, approximately 50 kilometres southeast of Gol Gol and 42 kilometres north-west of Euston NSW, straddles the Murray River to the Victorian border. Culpra Station comprises of 8,5000 hectares of Country situated amongst spectacular riverine forests of tall river red gums and rolling red sand dunes. Evidence of Aboriginal occupation of the country over millennia is abundantly evident with cultural heritage sites including stone earth ovens and fire-places, ancient aquacultural engineering feats, canoe trees, other scarred trees as well as shell middens extending through the soil profile.
CMAC, OFFICE and RMIT are collaborating through projects to develop culturally and environmentally sustainable land based enterprise for current and future generations of Aboriginal people, on Culpra Station and in the extended community. The exhibition highlights how design can be operationalised, providing both a vehicle and shared language through which to develop relationships between Indigenous and non-indigenous Australians.
Harvesting Ngartu Kulta (Nardoo grass) is a part of womens ecological knowledge and is used in weaving baskets to harvest bush fruit, bulbs fish. The Weave in the table is about the story from my Kanyita about Waakuu the crow who stole two sisters. They were the wives of Bilyara the Eaglehawke. Waakuu took the women to a deep waterhole where he ran into Kingfisher. Kingfisher tricked waakuu and the two sisters went into the sky (seen as the three stars on Orions Belt)
OFFICE In collaboration CMAC
We acknowledge the Barkandji people as the traditional owners of the Country on and through which this work has been undertaken, their Elders past, present and future.