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WAM’s 2024 exhibition season announced

Giovanni Torre, Contemporary Aboriginal storytelling at heart of WA Museum Boola Bardip 2024 exhibition season, National Indigenous Times, 17 November 2023

Led by an exhibition that takes you on a transformative journey, celebrating Aboriginal voices, culture and stories, WA Museum Boola Bardip’s 2024 season includes “new and powerful perspectives” on Aboriginal culture combined with contemporary storytelling, organisers say.

Opening the exhibition program for the coming year is Three Journeys – a collection of three exhibitions that coalesce to celebrate the art of storytelling through filmmaking, television, music, and art.

The television series Bush Mechanics, ABC Television’s critically acclaimed sci-fi drama Cleverman, and Warnarral Ngoorrngoorrool – an old car wreck transformed into a sonic sculpture musical instrument and memorable artistic creation – combine to celebrate resilience, innovation, creativity and the enduring spirit of Aboriginal peoples through culture and storytelling.

Through Western Australian, and wider Australian Aboriginal stories, the 2024 WA Museum program will bring a collection of experiences to WA audiences that is “profound, inspiring and imaginative”.

WA Culture and the Arts Minister David Templeman said Three Journeys is a celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices and perspectives.

“Each of the respective exhibitions gives a wonderful insight into contemporary Aboriginal storytelling and cultural expression,” he said.

The whole season program, which commences on Saturday, 18 November, with Three Journeys, continues with a diverse mix of exhibitions across the State, including:

Challenging the Deep, featuring the extraordinary exploration and filmmaking of James Cameron, this exhibition was created by the National Maritime Museum Australia. It focuses on Cameron’s passion and pursuits in deep ocean scientific, technical innovations, and creative achievements.

To the Moon! explores our historical fascination with the Moon, showcasing the Museum of the Moon installation, created by world renowned artist Luke Jerram.

Art of the Spinifex People is a beautiful and powerful exhibition of the incomparable artworks of the Spinifex people, and the story of the triumph of a dispossessed people.

Driven off their land to accommodate the notorious Maralinga nuclear weapons trials, the Spinifex people eventually returned to secure the first Native Title settlement to be completed on the Australian mainland, using artworks as the legal documents to support their claim.

Josephine’s Garden is an immersive exhibition which documents the story of Napoleon Bonaparte’s wife, Josephine de Beauharnais, and the extraordinary garden she established containing many plants and animals collected from Australia.

Kimberley VR: The Last Great Wilderness is a first for the WA Museum with a simultaneous launch across WA Museum Boola Bardip, and three regional museums – it is a virtual reality experience created by White Spark Pictures explores the dramatic and breathtaking landscapes of the Kimberley region.

WA Aboriginal Affairs Minister Dr Tony Buti said he is looking forward to seeing these exhibitions and “enjoying the many perspectives on our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices”.

“Aboriginal culture and storytelling is rich and diverse, and there will be something for everyone in these exhibitions,” he said.

More information about all WA Museum exhibitions and experiences is available online.

Mr Templeman said Western Australians will be able to enjoy another “exciting array of experiences and installations” throughout the WA Museum’s 2024 season that includes an eclectic mix of science, culture, and art, from locally and internationally acclaimed exhibitions.

“Everyone should explore Three Journeys and all the associated programs, events and activities on offer at WA Museum Boola Bardip and our regional museums throughout 2024,” he said.