This exhibition is an exploration of the significance of line and lineage within Indigenous narratives and practices. It brings together the unique, diverse and personal voices of 10 leading Indigenous cultural practitioners from across Australia, alongside artworks and objects from the collection.
Led by the Powerhouse’s Head of Indigenous Engagement and Strategy, Marcus Hughes, and with design by the award-winning Jacob Nash, the exhibition explores themes of songline, lineage and cultural legacy through the stories, content and work from artists including Lorraine Connelly-Northey, Maree Clarke, Mikaela Jade, Nicole Monks, Mr Ngallametta Snr, Mr Ngallametta Jnr, Glenda Nicholls, Wayne Quilliam, Lucy Simpson, Bernard Singleton, Lynette Wallworth, and Vicki West.
Ngarinyin Elder David Mowaljarlai’s visual map of lines that tie this country together, culturally, spiritually and physically, is at the core of this exhibition. These lines hold meaning beyond a mark on a map; they describe everything — Land, People and Story.
Whilst many of the stories in the exhibition might appear to be discrete, they are multi-dimensional and deeply interconnected. Even though they seem to travel to the right, to the left or straight ahead the narrative lines are always crossed.