From 2020 onwards, the Koskela Gallery in Rosebery has committed to only display work from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists and community arts centres. ‘Ngaboo-Lang’ is the most recent exhibition within this initiative. It displays seven artworks by father-daughter painting duo, Rammey Ramsey and Kathy Ramsay. The pair of artists work from Warmun Art Centre, which is owned and governed by the Gija people of the East Kimberly regions.
‘Ngaboo-lang’ is a Gija phrase meaning two people who call themselves father and child. Using vibrant ochre and acrylic paints, the pair of artists depict the hills, camping spots and waterholes of Warlawoon Country, Rammey’s ancestral land. Warlawoon Country has been occupied by Bedford Downs and Tableland Stations, so Kathy and Rammey use their art to capture the historical, cultural and geographic significance of the now cultivated land.
Though both artists now live in Juwurlinji (Bow River), their compositions carry a longing for their ancestral Country and the trauma of pastoral settlement on the Gija people’s homelands.
‘Ngaboo-Lang’ by Rammey and Kathy Ramsay
March 6th – April 18th, 2021
1/85 Dunning Avenue
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