‘We want to present our film at the Desert Mob Symposium this year and we will be very proud’ – Isobel Gorey
At the Desert Mob Symposium 2015 Papunya Tjupi artists presented a short film ‘Karrinyarra’ (produced in partnership with Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi) which documents the art centres bush trip to Karinyarra earlier in 2015. Twenty artists from Papunya Tjupi, four staff and a lot of swags and blankets piled into four Toyota Troopies and went on a bush trip for two nights and three days to Karinyarra (Mt Wedge) about an hour north-east of Papunya where they camped under the Kunkarra (desert pine) near the shores of the dry salt lake. It was the artists’ wish to share the beautiful country and the experience of the bush trip with the Desert Mob audience via a short film.
Alongside the film screening senior ladies from Papunya Tjupi came to town to give a performance at the Desert Mob Dance Site. The Papunya Tjupi dancers were proud to perform the Tjupi song and dance that tells the Dreamtime story of the honey ants that travelled in ancient times from the west to Warumpi (Papunya) where some settled forming the sacred Tjupi Puli (Warumpi Hill). The Papunya Tjupi dancers are led by Tilau Nangala with Punata Stockman Nungarrayi, Isobel Gorey Nambajimba, Isobel Major Nampitjinpa and Rosalie Miller Napaltjarri.
The Desert Mob exhibition is on until the 1st of November at Araluen art gallery in Alice Springs.