Two exciting premieres at Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney gallery

Two exciting premieres at Sullivan+Strumpf Sydney gallery
Image: Barayuwa Munuŋgurr, Garapana, 2023, etched steel panel, 90 x 51.5 cm. Image courtesy Sullivan+Strumpf and Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre. Photo Aaron Anderson

Sullivan+Strumpf’s Eora/Sydney gallery will feature the works of renowned Sãmoan Australian artist, Angela Tiatia and emerging Yolŋu artist Barayuwa Munuŋgurr, in simultaneous exhibitions this Autumn. 

Angela Tiatia is an award-winning multi-media artist who explores contemporary culture and social issues through performance, moving image, painting, sculpture and photography. Her most recent work, The Dark Current is a 17-minute single-channel moving image made up of live-action sequences and life-like CGI imagery. This beautifully rendered work is other-worldly while at the same time making cogent comments about the present, the future, the individual and humanity. 

Angela Tiatia, 2022. Photo by Kieren Cooney


Angela Tiatia, The Dark Current (2023). Image courtesy of the artist and Sullivan + Strumpf_2

A stunning piece of visual artistry, with high technical and creative values,  The Dark Current took three years to complete. Tiatia’s work is held in galleries around the world. 

Barayuwa Munuŋgurr first came to notice as one of MCA’S Primavera 2014 artists. Now, a decade on, he will present his debut exhibition at Sullivan+Strumpf. Munuŋgurr’s practice involves the repurposing of found objects as artistic media, in particular, metal sheets, wood and bark.

Barayuwa Munuŋgurr – Portrait. Image courtesy of Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre
Barayuwa Munuŋgurr, Buyku, 2023, (reverse side) etched metal panel, 59.5 x 59.5 cm. Image courtesy Sullivan+Strumpf and and Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre. Photo Aaron Anderson

He combines modern with traditional by etching cultural stories and imagery onto the media. 

Over the past decade Munuŋgurr has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA), National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and Dark Mofo, and overseas at the Monaco Oceanographic Institute and Seattle Art Museum. In 2015 his monumental, ten-metre sculptural mural, Manbuynga, was acquired for the MCA collection.

Barayuwa Munuŋgurr & Angela Tiatia’s The Dark Current

March 14 – April 20

 Sullivan+Strumpf, 799 Elizabeth St, Zetland

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