ReDot Fine Art Gallery Director Giorgio Pilla and award winning Australian artist Wukun Wanambi preparing for the opening of the new exhibition ‘Returning to Djakapurra’. The exhibition celebrates an ancient connection between the Yolngu tribe of Australia and the island of Singapore. “My ancestors traded with the Malay inhabitants of Singapore as far back as the 1700s. They visited here way back then and we still have a Yolngu name for Singapore. We call it Djakapurra. That link was broken when Europeans colonized Northern Australia. I am very proud to bring our culture again here and follow in the footsteps of my ancestors in seeking friendship between our peoples.” ReDot director Giorgio Pilla said “Wukun is one of a stable of highly talented artists from Yirrkala. This Centre is one of the top five in Australia. Yolngu art is becoming recognized internationally and they have current exhibitions in Santa Fe, Shanghai and London. Their works are contemporary and beautiful and are created using natural materials. The texture is magnificent.” “I have been exhibiting Australian Indigenous art in Singapore for seven years and this is my fourth exhibition in my new gallery at Artspace. The new space is large enough for me to display the contemporary three dimensional sculpture produced at Yirrkala.” “I proposed this exhibition on the strength of Yirrkala’s position as one of Australia’s top art hubs. I had no idea that there was this fascinating connection going back centuries.” Returning to Djakapurra - A Collection of Yirrkala Poles and Barks 2010 Wed 28th July-28th August 2010 ReDot Fine Art Gallery Tanjong Pagar Distripark, 39 Keppel Road, Unit #02-06, Singapore 089065 Opened by Wukun Wanambi Wednesday 28th July 2010 at 7.30 pm.