Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route Art Exhibition is a remarkable showcase of Aboriginal art that invites visitors to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of stories, cultures, and landscapes that define the Canning Stock Route. One of the standout pieces in this exhibition is “Canning Stock Route Country” by Patrick Tjungurrayi, a member of the Tjungurrayi skin group from the Kiwirrkurra community.

In 2007, Patrick Tjungurrayi embarked on a poignant journey to retrace his steps along the Canning Stock Route, a path he had traveled 50 years earlier when he left the desert. This journey was more than a physical trek; it was a return to his roots, an exploration of his personal history, and a reconnection with his ancestral land. Along the way, Patrick created the artwork “Canning Stock Route Country,” which beautifully encapsulates the intertwined personal, historical, and ancestral narratives of his homeland.

Patrick’s painting is not just a visual masterpiece; it is a storytelling canvas that conveys the essence of his experiences and heritage. The Canning Stock Route, developed on Aboriginal lands during the expansion of mining and pastoral industries in Western Australia, is a significant symbol in his work. Through his art, Patrick highlights the profound impact this route had on the Aboriginal communities and the enduring connection they have with their land.

The “Yiwarra Kuju: The Canning Stock Route Art Exhibition” will be held from 5 to 11 July at The Round House Royal Kandawgyi. This exhibition has traveled to over 40 countries, offering a global audience the opportunity to witness the compelling stories of the Canning Stock Route through the Aboriginal eyes and voices.

Visitors to the exhibition will discover that it is more than just an art show; it is an exploration of family, culture, and Country. Each artwork serves as a narrative thread, weaving together the past and present, and providing a deep insight into the Aboriginal way of life. The exhibition emphasises the importance of Country, the land that holds the memories and stories of generations.

The Round House Royal Kandawgyi, Kandawgyi Park, Opposite of Eye Special Hospital, Nat Mauk St, Yangon
9 am – 6 pm | 5-11 July

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