The "Yiwarra Kuju: Canning Stock Route" art exhibition formally opened on 5 February at ARTPLAY Design Centre. The exhibition was launched by the Australian Embassy in Russia in collaboration with the British Higher School of Art and Design.
The display features replicas of paintings created by aborigines living in the desert in Western Australia. The bright, vivid works reflect the impact of the Canning Stock Route — the world’s longest cattle trail — on the lives of the indigenous people of that area. It was used in the first half of the 20th century for droving cattle through 1,850km of Western Australian desert from the Kimberley to the southern Goldfields region.
"The Canning Stock Route is a story that until now has been told mainly from a non-Aboriginal perspective. It became a frontier narrative about the making of Australia, but the voices of those who it impacted the most were often absent. For the region’s Aboriginal people, the stock route cut through lands already full of story and rich in culture and history. Their story is told in the exhibition", said Ms Melissa O’Rourke, Australia’s Chargé d’Affaires for the Australian Embassy in Moscow.