OPENING: 2015 Sampari Art Exhibition & Sale for West Papua

04th December 2015 6/17/17 6:00 pm - 6/17/17 8:00 pm


A rich array of art and artforms, opening at the ACU ART GALLERY, 26 Brunswick St, Fitzroy (Melbourne) at 6pm on Friday 4 December 2015

BABUAN MIRINO, Convener, FRWP Womens Office
DR PENELOPE TROTTER, ACU lecturer, Fine Arts feature writer, Performance Artist
DAPUR SAMPARI (Papuan Cooking House)

These art works inspire a bounty of imagery and knowledge about West Papua
As a bounded territory of extraordinary physical beauty (being plundered)
As an ancient landmass of complex geologies (being exploited)
As a living museum of rare flora and fauna (being flogged in black markets)
As the homeland of a people whose footprints litter ancient time and space
Whose ambition is determining new political domains

Program of events during Sampari Art Exhibition

During the Sampari Art Exhibition for West Papua (ACU Art Gallery, 4 – 13 December), the FRWP Women’s Office is hosting a series of events to inspire a bounty of imagery and knowledge about the people and their land and their ambition to be free.

In conversation with Author Bruce Pascoe about his political thriller Ruby-eyed Coucal and the historical and cultural relations between the indigenous peoples of Australia and West Papua Saturday 5 December 2015, 2 – 4 pm

Spoken Word Poetry at Sampari Art Exhibition – featuring Jacob Rumbiak’s 2005 ‘Letter to the Heroes and Heroines’ read by Carolyn Maes, and performances by a host of other poetic writers Sunday 6 December 2015, 2 – 4 pm

Videos at the Honai Embassy ‘installation’ – videos from West Papua by activist Izzy Brown Friday 11 December 2015, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Mt Carstensz (Namangkawi) Forum – Abusive Visitors: panel discussion on the devastating social and environmental impacts wrought by foreign exploitation of natural resources in Mt Carstensz and the highland communities of West Papua, including rare photographs of Nemangkawi in 1971 and 1973 Saturday 12 December 2015, 2 – 4 pm

WP Rent Collective Christmas Party – featuring a Skyped interview with Edison Waromi (Prime Minister, Federal Republic of West Papua) and Bishop Hilton Deakin introducing A Dowry for the Sultan an historical novel by Colonel Lance Collins (ret.) Sunday 13 December 2015, 2 – 4 pm

ACU Gallery opening hours
Monday to Friday 11am – 7pm, Saturday to Sunday 10am – 5pm.