Lighting of the Sails
Yarrkalpa - Hunting Ground, 2021 by the Martu Artists and Curiious
With soundtrack by Electric Fields and Martu Artists (Inspired by Yarrkalpa – Always Walking Country 2014)
A stunning new digital artwork, Yarrkalpa – Hunting Ground, 2021, created by the Martu Artists and Sydney-based Curiious, will transform the Sydney Opera House sails this year, bringing to life the Parnngurr community and its surrounding landscape, with an accompanying soundtrack by Electric Fields and the Martu Artists.
Extending First Nations stories on the country’s most iconic canvas, the artwork is inspired by the striking Martu Artists collective painting Yarrkalpa - Hunting Ground, Parnngurr Area 2013 and the video artwork Yarrkalpa - Always Walking Country 2014 directed by internationally renowned artist and filmmaker Lynette Wallworth in collaboration with the Martu Artists and Anohni. The painting represents an intimate connection with country; cataloguing seasons, traditional burning practices and cycles of regrowth, hunting and vital natural resources, as well as abstracted ancestral stories.
Through consultation and collaboration with the artists, seamless connections between the tactile 2013 painting and their digital explorations, animation artists Curiious have created an artwork bringing to life the vibrancy, energy, language and rich storytelling of the Martu.