Now showing at the Powerhouse Museum is its new exhibition LINEAR, an exploration of the significance of line and lineage  within Indigenous narratives and practices.

LINEAR brings together commissioned artworks amplifying the theme as well as objects from the Powerhouse collection.

Designed by  Jacob Nash, a Murri man and Head of Design at Bangarra Dance Theatre, the exhibition explores themes of songline through stories, content and work from artists including Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Marie Clarke, Mikaela Jade, Nicole Monks, Glenda Nicholls, Wayne Quilliam, Lucy Simpson, Bernard Singelton, Lynette Wallworth and Vicky West. 

An Augmented RTeality (AR) app has been designed by Mikaela Jade, a Cabrogal woman and founder of Indigital which encourages storytelling to bring to life ancient culture and stories told by the voices of traditional  knowledge holders.

Immersive VR experience COLLISIONS by Lynette Wallworth into the world of Indigenous elder Nyarri Nyarri Morgan and the Martu people and the catastrophic collision between the devastating collision between his traditional world and his experience of nuclear testing in the South Australian desert.

There are also a number of exhibition pieces which show how indigenous art utilises modern materials such as POSSUM SKIN CLOAK: CANOE TREE  by Lorraine Connelly-Northey who used corrugated iron as a canvas for her work.

A series of images by photographer Wayne Quillian documents contemporary indigenous ceremonies across Australia utilising contemporary digital cameras which contrast with vintage indigenous photographs taken by a giant bellows camera from the museum’s Tyrrell collection.

A highlight of the objects on display include the wap (harpoon) used by Murrandooo Yanner to kill the crocodiles which was at the centre of his High Court challenge, Yanner versus Easton, which upheld the right of indigenous people to hunt as part of native title rights for indigenous people.

At the core of the exhibition is Ngarinyin Elder David Mowaljariai’s visual map of lines that link Australia together, culturally, visually and physically.

Indigenous guides will be present daily throughout the exhibition’s tenure to interpret and add depth and meaning to the objects and art on display.

The exhibition runs until the 30th June 2020 at the Powerhouse Museum.

Featured image- Wayne Quilliam and his contemporary ceremonies photos. All pics by Ben Apfelbaum