Artist talks: Regina Pilawuk Wilson and Durrmu Arts (Catania, Favara and Palermo)

Artist talks: Regina Pilawuk Wilson and Durrmu Arts (Catania, Favara and Palermo)
15 July 2019 Claudio Cocuzza

The cultural association beBOCS is pleased to invite you to a series of events that will take place in Sicily during the month of July.

17 luglio 2019 (18:00), Fondazione Brodbeck, Catania
23 luglio 2019 (18:00) FARM Cultural Park, Favara (AG)
30 luglio 2019 (17:30), Museo Palazzo Riso, Palermo

The first event will occur on the 17th of July at Brodbeck Foundation in Catania. It will consist of a talk + workshop involving Aboriginal artist Regina Pilawuk Wilson, Ngan’gikurrungurr woman and Cultural Director of Durrmu Arts – an arts centre and Aboriginal corporation located in the community of Peppimenarti, in the Northern Territory of Australia. Speakers alongside the artists will be Kade McDonald, Executive Director of Durrmu Arts, and Miriam La Rosa, independent curator and researcher at The University of Melbourne, Australia. The second event, a lecture on Aboriginal art and the practice of Durrmu Arts will take place at FARM Cultural Park in Favara on the 23rd of July. The last talk will then happen at Museo Palazzo Riso, in Palermo, on the 30th of July, marking the conclusion of the first stage of an exchange residency project conducted between Sicily and Australia.
The events aim to offer an overview on indigenous art in Australia and on the work of some Aboriginal communities of the Australian Northern Territory, including Peppimenarti. Participants will have the opportunity to get to know old artistic techniques that have been passed on among various generations. These practices, that have been the foundations for the development of Aboriginal cultural life and art, are preserved, supported and promoted by Durrmu Arts.
The project, which originates in the context of Miriam La Rosa’s PhD research at the University of Melbourne, involves Sicilian artist Giuseppe Lana, Aboriginal artist Regina Pilawuk Wilson and Gunai and Monero Nations artist Steaphan Paton. The second phase of the exchange residency will take place between September and October 2019 in Australia, in partnership with Durrmu Arts, Peppimenarti, the Italian Institute of Culture of Sydney and Melbourne, and CO.AS.IT. / Museo Italiano, Carlton.
In conjunction with the talk and the workshop, Brodbeck Foundation will further present an exhibition of works by Giuseppe Lana, Steaphan Paton e Regina Pilawuk Wilson – two video works and an installation with a sound component – that reflect on the artistic and natural heritage of the territory where the three artists come from and on different forms of cultural activism. The exhibition is curated by Miriam La Rosa e Kade McDonald.
The project is financed by the following institutions: Australia Council for the Arts; The University of Melbourne; Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Corporation; The Italian Institute of Culture, Sydney; and CO.AS.IT. Carlton.

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Regina Pilawuk Wilson (1948, Daly River Region, NT, Australia) is a Ngan’gikurrungurr woman, senior artist and Cultural Director of Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Corporation. In 1973, together with her husband, Harold Wilson, Regina founded the Peppimenarti (meaning ‘large rock’) Community as a permanent settlement for the Ngan’gikurrungurr people. The location of the community is an important dreaming site for the Ngan’gikurrungurr language group and is situated amid wetlands and floodplains at the centre of the Daly River Aboriginal Reserve, 300 kilometres southwest of Darwin. In 2003 Regina won the General Painting category of the Telstra National Indigenous andTorres-Strait Islander Award for a golden syaw (fish-net) painting. Examples of her work are held in the collections of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, The National Gallery of Victoria, The Gallery of Modern Art (Queensland Art Gallery), The British Museum and numerous private and corporate collections in Australia and overseas. Her paintings have been included in many group exhibitions at public and private art institutions, including the 3rd Moscow Biennale of Art, the Wynne Prize (2008 and 2009), AGNSW, and Dreaming Their Way: Australian Aboriginal Women Painters at the National Museum of the Arts, Washington. Her work was recently exhibited in Marking the Infinite, at the Phillips Collection in Washington DC (2018) and at Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville (2018).

Durrmu Arts Aboriginal Corporation (www.durrmuarts.com.au) is a remote community and Aboriginal arts enterprise, located 320km south west of Darwin in the West Daly region. Established to maintain and promote the culture of the Ngan’gikurunggurr people, Durrmu Arts provides arts income opportunities, creative development and work experience for its members and staff via an ethical and transparent business model. Durrmu Arts currently operates under the guidance of Cultural Director Regina Pilawuk Wilson and Executive Director Kade McDonald. Regina Pilawuk Wilson mentors a group of talented emerging and established artists including Dianne Hodgson, Kathleen Korda, Margaret Kundu, Miriam Byrnes, Rosina Tirak, Annunciata Wilson, Anastasia Wilson, Anne-Carmel Wilson and Malcolm Wilson. In recent years, Durrmu Arts has expanded its services under the cultural economy by developing activities and projects that include, among others: cross-cultural exchange programs; a new cultural resource centre; international opportunities for exhibitions and indigenous advocacy for the artists of the community.  In addition, Durrmu Arts is furthering transcultural dialogue among Aboriginal peoples of different Nations, international artists and curators through the residency program Marrgu Residency.

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