Judy Watson Mapping Australia Country to Cartography

Judy Watson

Mapping Australia: Country to Cartography
AAMU Museum of contemporary Aboriginal art, Utrecht
4 October 2016 – 15 January 2017
exhibition

Works by Judy Watson in Mapping Australia: Country to Cartography include five etchings from Djalkiri – We are standing on their Names – Blue Mud Bay a 2010 Nomad Art Project.

1-blue-mud-bay
blue and bay (2010)
Etching with 3 plates. Overlay – map with names of places and blue wash.

2-kurrajong-disc-sea-rights1
kurrajong, disc sea rights 1, 2010
Etching with 3 plates. Overlay – first page of the Sea Rights document.

3-sea-rights-2
sea rights 2, 2010
Etching with 3 plates. Overlay – second page of the Sea Rights document, stating that the Aboriginal community had won against the N.T. Government and the Department of Fisheries in maintaining their Rights. A historic decision.

4-baniyala-blue-mud-bay-ochre
baniyala, blue mud bay, 2010
Etching with 2 plates. Overlay – map with names of places.

5-names-of-natives
names of natives, 2010
Etching with 3 plates. Overlay – Robert Brown’s diary from Matthew Flinders’ expedition to Blue Mud Bay.

Mapping Australia: Country to Cartography, a collaboration between the Australian Embassy in the Netherlands and AAMU, commemorates 400 years since Dirk Hartog landed his ship De Eendracht on the West coast of Australia to become the first European known to set foot on Western Australian soil. This unique exhibition brings together different worlds, eras and viewpoints – the way European explorers mapped Australia alongside works by Australian indigenous artists, which map the land and depict the deep connection of the Aboriginal population with the land.