Art by Ma Wanjibang

Ma Wanjibang Pukun

b. 1975 

Ma Wanjibang is one of the totemic kinship connections to country and was given to Shaun Edwards while out on country by Kenny Jimmy (Dec), a senior man and great grandfather from the same clan as Shaun. This language name becomes my artist name and I am protector of this area which lies south of Inkerman Station in Cape York.  

Image Courtesy Shaun Edwards 2009, Ochre Gallery Melbourne. Ma Wanjibang, Sour Yam

 

Map of Kokoberrin Homelands. Developed with Kokoberrin Elders 1996, Kowanyama 

My homelands on my mother’s and grandmother’s side are known as Pinnarinch and stretch between Staaten River National Park in the south and north to Nassau River, including Wyabba Creek and Dorunda Lodge area. The beautiful and remote lands of Pinnarinch encompass several important clan story places which I celebrate through my art and design.

 

Published
2000 The Art and Life of the Kokoberrin, Edwards, S., Michl, L.,
Contemporary Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander Art Volume 1, Eglitis, A., Meeks, A., Thiaday, K.,
2002 Ngerr Wu Kung, The Art and Life of the Kokoberrin 2. Edwards, S., Michl, L.,
Gatherings, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Demozay, M.,
Native Tittle Business, Contemporary Indigenous Art, Winter G, J,.
2006 Gatherings 2, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, Demozay, M

 

Solo Exhibitions
2004 The last of then, Charles Ginn Gallery, Paddington, Queensland.
2005 Kanbaw Nyek, Once before Once after, Ochre Gallery, Melbourne
2006 Returning Home, Brisbane Powerhouse, Queensland
2007 Koyaru, Mouth of the Staaten River, Ochre Gallery, Melbourne
2009 Ma Wanjibang Pukun, My Totem, My Country, Umi Arts Gallery, Cairns
2010 Ngatherruw Kewvnthvkar - My Tomorrow, Canopy Artspace, Cairns

 

Curatorial Exhibitions
2000 The Art and Life of the Kokoberrin, Cairns Regional Art Gallery
2003 Ngerr Wu Kung "Old Days Story", Exhibition of Kokoberrin People, Cairns Hilton Hotel, Cairns, Qld.
2004 The last of then, Charles Ginn Gallery, Paddington, QLD June
2005 Kanbaw Nyek, Once before Once after, Ochre Gallery, Melbourne, Oct
2006 Returning Home, Brisbane Powerhouse, Queensland, Sept.
2015 Fibre, Kowanyama Art and Research Institute, Cairns Urban Spaces, Queensland, August

 

Art Institution Collections           
2000 The Australian National University, Mono Print on Paper, Canberra, ACT, Australia
2001 Griffith University Artworks Scheme, Painting on Paper, Brisbane, Qld Australia
National Gallery of Australia, Lino Print on paper Canberra, ACT, Australia
2010 Cairns Regional Art Gallery, 2 works on paper.
2010 NSW Art Gallery, 4 works on paper.
2012 GOOGLE Art Project, 4 works on paper, Online International Art Guide, NSW Art Gallery.