Bursting with colour, beautiful Warlpiri painting from the Warnayaka Art Centre, and photos from Australia’s red centre, Mirawarri will bring your photos to life with truly original digital frames, stickers, and stamps.
Warnayaka is located at the edge of the Tanami Desert, about 900 km south of Darwin in central Australia, in the Warlpiri community of Lajamanu. The Mirawarri app was a collaboration with artists Gretta Louw and Owen Mundy / Sneakaway Studio. It’s the first photo editor app celebrating Indigenous Australian visual culture and combines traditional Aboriginal Art aesthetics with the vibrant, media-savvy approach of contemporary Warlpiri.
Many of the unique works featured in the Mirawarri app are available to purchase through Warnayaka Art at affordable prices. Click an image to explore!
Mirawarri features artwork from the Warnayaka Art Centre with dreaming paintings by: Rosie Napurrurla Tasman, Lily Nungarrayi Hargraves, Molly Napurrurla Tasman, Rebecca Napanangka Farrell, Judy Napangardi Martin, Biddy Nungarrayi Timms, Jerry Jangala Patrick, Ursula Napangardi Marks, Bronwen Nungarrayi Sampson, Neil Jupurrurla Cook, and others. The app also features the photography of Michael Erglis, Gretta Louw, Louisa Erglis, Ursula Napangardi Marks, and Warnayaka staff.
Mirawarri was part of the exhibition Networking the Unseen, curated by Gretta Louw, at the Villa Merkel museum in Esslingen am Neckar, Germany. Running from December 17th, 2017 to March 4th, 2018, the exhibition featured artworks in a wide variety of media that deal with the intersecting themes of culture and technology. The Mirawarri installation incorporated a large-scale custom wallpaper designed by Gretta Louw, a video, and an interactive display where visitors could try out the app for themselves.
Mirawarri was presented at the National Portrait Gallery as part of an in-house #deadlyselfie art cart experience in Canberra, Australia during Reconciliation Week 2018. Project coordination and custom illustrations (featuring Romlie) by April Phillips.
An installation of Mirawarri will be part of the exhibition Iconicity at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery at Stony Brook, New York alongside artworks by American Artist, Carla Gannis, Jan Robert Leegte, Tabita Rezaire and others. Curated by Gretta Louw, the exhibition examines the power of icons and the hidden cultural biases and narratives that they convey.
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Coordination and design by Gretta Louw; programming and tech consultation by Owen Mundy and Sneakaway Studio; coordination in Lajamanu and consultation by Louisa Erglis; cultural consultation and project ownership by the Warnayaka Art Centre Board and Neil Jupurrurla Cook. With funding from the Northern Territory Government of Australia and the Warnayaka Art and Cultural Aboriginal Corporation.