Two artists recount their intertwining journeys of friendship and resilience in the Central Desert through the medium of animation.
Two Girls From Amoonguna is an exhibition featuring new work by Arrernte and Southern Luritja artist Sally M Nangala Mulda and Western Arrarnta artist Marlene Rubuntja. It recounts their intertwining stories of friendship and resilience in the Central Desert.
Encompassing video, soft sculptures, and paintings, the centerpiece animation, Arrkutja Tharra, Kungka Kutjara, Two Girls, was made in collaboration with Ludo Studio (Bluey, Robin Hood, and The Strange Chores) and is the third Artbank + ACMI Commission.
Sally and Marlene’s practice is representative of Mparntwe (Alice Springs), where they live. Playful, self-referential, and humorous, their work embodies the politics, history, and culture of Mparntwe and its surrounding town camps.
This ACMI Touring exhibition was curated by Jenna Rain Warwick (Luritja).
- 60-70 running metres / 150–200 sqm
- 1 projection, Arrkutja Tharra, Kungka Kutjara, Two Girls + equipment
- 6 paintings by Sally M Nungala Mulda
- 12 soft sculptures by Marlene Rubuntja
- Marketing kit and visual identity
- Education kit created by FLENK Collective
Yarra Ranges Regional Museum, VIC
12 Dec 2023 – 28 Mar 2024
More venues to be announced soon.
In the press
17 Jul 2023
"Two Girls From Amoonguna is about pushing through adversity and alchemising it into art that speaks to the spirit and joy of life itself."
★★★★1/2, Alex Garay, ArtsHub
Ludo helps tell story of friendship between First Nations artists.
Sean Slatter, IF Magazine
Sally M Nangala Mulda was born in Titjikala in 1957, and currently resides in Abbott’s Town Camp by the Todd River in Mparntwe/Alice Springs. Her figurative paintings of bold fluid movement, layering of colours and cursive descriptive text candidly depict lived experiences within this camp...
Marlene was born in Mparntwe/Alice Springs in 1961, and grew up at Amoonguna community, east of Alice Springs where she went to school. Rubuntja learned to sew at Yirara College, Mparntwe/Alice Springs, however she only began making soft sculptures at Yarrenyty Arltere in 2009...
Get a glimpse at Sally's and Marlene's lives and artistic practice, and learn how they made Two Girls from Amoonguna.
This exhibition kit offers insight into the practice of the artists; a guide to cultural safety and an Acknowledgement of Country; activities for students and teachers for use in the classroom or gallery to connect with the exhibition; and links for further reading and research.