Barrata Marika
Ŋgarra (Me)
30 x 21cm Paper: MAGNANI PESCIA 38 x 56cm
ID: 321-16

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ID: 321-16

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Barrata Marika
Linocut
30 x 21cm Paper: MAGNANI PESCIA 38 x 56cm
Year: 2021
ID: 321-16

Ŋgarra (Me)

In 2009 the Yambirrpa Youth Development Unit (YYDU) attached to the Yirrkala Community Education Centre (the school) attracted funding to deliver alternative programs for youth who were not engaged with mainstream schooling and were at risk from substance abuse, suicide, teenage pregnancy and violence, lack of motivation and self-confidence. Without providing specific statistics suicide is not rare and the other syndromes are the norm. YYDU asked Buku Larrnggay Mulka Centre (BLMC) if they would collaborate to support and deliver programs in Printmaking and Film. An initial film workshop happened in 2009. The first printing workshop program had it’s origins in early 2010 when a group of six young women collaborated with BLMC printing staff and produced images using collograph printing technique for a period of five weeks. These images were shown at the Garma Festival in early August 2010 at the outdoor Gapan Gallery and were very successful. Visitors responded strongly to the work and bought over forty prints from the six editions. The six young women attended and participated in the opening night at Garma. Many orders were taken and over the next month the young women returned to BLMC printspace to print the orders taken at Garma. The BLMC printmakers facilitated with their expertise and the young women all fulfilled their obligations and were paid the full price for their prints. This was a huge success in terms of morale and engagement. From this initial workshop self-motivation increased and the six young women felt accepted by, and connected to, the printspace. Since then they have gone on either to employment in the community or back to school and all are displaying a much higher regard for their self preservation. Their involvement with BLMC continues to play an important role in engaging these youth back into their community and life. It was decided to run another workshop. Alicia Scobie (a local artist and printmaker) volunteered to facilitate a workshop in chine colle, a photographic lino-cut technique. This second workshop was totally novel and produced these works that appear at Nomad for the first time outside Yirrkala. Nothing like them has ever been produced at Yirrkala before. They owe nothing to the established Yirrkala art styles or authority. Nor rely on any sacred knowledge or previous art production experience but instead employ digital photography, photocopying and chine colle linocut printing to produce a contemporary ‘Facebook’ feel. The prints are self-portraits of the young people looking good in a context they themselves create. In a genre which they themselves are the local innovators of. This expanding group continued to attend the printspace one day a week to edition their self-portrait prints. This phase went from the time the printing of the Garma works finished in early September until the end of 2010. The pool of involved young people swelled weekly. In the end 35 artists have created 38 images in editions of 5. This is the best of them. An environment exists where they feel comfortable, listening to music, chatting and experimenting with different printing media whilst working with digital technology that they embrace wholeheartedly. A photographic medium combined with new printing techniques which portrays themselves as contemporary seems to allow these young people the confidence to tackle issues concerning their remote community and life. Printed September 2010 FMP 99A

 

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