Mr Ngallametta Jnr, Thap Yonk I, ochres, oxides, acrylic on canvas, 2013. MAAS Collection © Mr Ngallametta Jnr and family. Photo courtesy Photo courtesy of Canopy Art Centre

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15 November 2019 – 30 June 2020 Powerhouse Museum

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. Linear is included with General Entry to the Powerhouse Museum, and tickets can be purchased online at the link below or on your arrival at the Museum.



Within the Linear exhibition is Collisions, a virtual reality film from acclaimed artist Lynette Wallworth, featuring Nyarri Morgan and his story. This optional 18 min experience is subject to revision and agreement to the following health and safety notice. If you would like to participate, please book your session above.


This ticket includes General Entry to the Powerhouse Museum

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