“Now I am speaking
Recording my words through the telephone
Because I have been gone a long time
From my home
– Patrina Munuŋggurr
West Space is proud to host the premiere of Patrina Munuŋggurr’s newly commissioned video work Warwuyun Gurra Wanga’wu (Sorrow for Home), produced in partnership with The Mulka Project. Warwuyun Gurra Wanga’wu (Sorrow for Home) marks Munuŋggurr’s first solo exhibition in Melbourne.
In early 2021, for reasons beyond her control, Yolŋu artist Patrina Munuŋggurr was forced into exile from her ancestral homelands. She still has no knowledge of when it will be safe enough for her to return, and she is now based in Darwin.
Warwuyun Gurra Wanga’wu (Sorrow for Home) brings together footage filmed by Munuŋggurr in Yirrkala and on Wandawuy country, tied together through a recording she made of her last phone call home, translated from her native Dhuwaya language into English. It is a sorrowful love letter sent home from a foreign place.
Warwuyun Gurra Wanga’wu (Sorrow for Home) is supported by:
– Producing Partner: The Mulka Project
– Presenting Partners: Centre for Projection Art, Agency Projects
– Funding Bodies: The Besen Family Foundation, The City of Yarra through their Annual Grants Program, and the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Patrina Munuŋggurr is one of the leading cinematographers and post-production technicians at The Mulka Project. Munuŋggurr has produced many popular films including a 7-part series documenting the 7 colours of master weaver and colour dyer Laŋani Marika. In 2017, Munuŋggurr delivered her first television commission for NITV, a documentary titled Wandawuy Dhapi. She also exhibited her first screen-based artwork Gurrkurr Dhalkuma at The Good Shed Gallery. In 2018, Munuŋggurr produced a 6K film work titled, Dhunupa’kum Nhuna Wanda, which was awarded the 2018 NATSIAA Media Award. She currently has a collaborative film piece with Ishmael Marika displayed on a 3×16:9 screen at the University of Technology Sydney based around the season of Rarranhdharr.
The Mulka Project is a collective of practicing multimedia artists, cinematographers, sound engineers and post-production technicians based in Yirrkala, North East Arnhem Land. The name Mulka means a sacred but public ceremony, and, to hold or protect. It is Mulka’s mission to sustain and protect Yolŋu cultural knowledge whilst being managed by Yolŋu law and governance. At the core of The Mulka Project resides a growing, living archive of Yolŋu knowledge, ceremony, and cultural history which gives voice to generations past and also allows contemporary Yolŋu knowledge and law to speak to coming generations and a worldwide audience. With state of the art facilities and equipment The Mulka Project collaborates on each artist’s concepts to produce highly developed works for exhibitions nationally and internationally utilising our exceptional expertise in 6k film, animation, VR, 3D modeling, photogrammetry, projection mapping, and sound production.
Perry Street Building
Floor access to the Perry Street Building can be made via the following paths. From 30A Perry Street, a footpath leads to the retail area of Perry St (UG) and courtyard. The Perry Street Lift can be accessed via 30A and 30B Perry Street, allowing access to levels 1 and 2 of Perry Street Building. From Johnston Street access to Perry St Building can be made by crossing the courtyard.
Accessible toilets are located in three areas within the Perry Street Building. On the Upper Ground Level (Level UG) the accessible toilets are located in the service corridor in the northern part of the Building. near the staircase. These toilets are open throughout event hours. On L1 and L2 the toilets are located in the northern part of the building, behind heavy manual blue double doors. All accessible toilets are equipped with manual locks, exit buttons and grab rails.