Biennale of Sydney

The Mulka Project

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The Mulka Project

Established 2007 in Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Art Centre, Yirrkala, Australia


The name ‘Mulka’ means a sacred but public ceremony, and, to hold or protect.

"Our mission is to sustain and protect Yolŋu cultural knowledge in Northeast Arnhem Land under the leadership of community elders. The Mulka production house, recording studio, digital learning centre and cultural archive are managed by Yolŋu law and governance."

"Our facilities are a unique media training ground for future Indigenous leaders. We produce and repatriate audio-visual cultural resources and disseminate them throughout the Yolŋu community. We provide industry standard workplace training, create income streams for Homeland communities, whilst employing cultural advisors, film makers, translators, camera operators, editors, artists and scholars.

"At the core of The Mulka Project resides a growing, living archive of Yolŋu knowledge, ceremony, and cultural history. The word, dance, song and law of elders past return to the minds and hearts of our people and repeat on through the generations.

"In the same way that The Mulka Project gives voice to generations past it also has an obligation to let contemporary Yolŋu knowledge and law speak to coming generations.

"In the hands and on the shoulders of Yolŋu, The Mulka Projects’ cameras and microphones are the ‘Eyes and the Ears’ of our children’s unborn children."

Wukun Wanambi

Born 1962 in Yirrkala, Northern Territory, Australia
Lives and works at Yirrkala, Australia, throughout Australia and the world
Clan: Marrakulu
Moiety: Dhuwa
Homeland: Gurka'wuy
Cultural director and artist at The Mulka Project

Ishmael Marika

Born 1990 in Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, Australia
Lives and works in Yirrkala, Australia, throughout Australia and the world
Clan: Rirratjiŋu
Moiety: Dhuwa
Homeland: Guluruŋa
Creative director and artist at The Mulka Project

Patrina Munuŋgurr

Born 1988 in Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, Australia
Lives and works in Yirrkala, Northern Territory, Australia
Clan: Djapu
Moiety: Dhuwa
Homeland: Waṉḏawuy
Senior film maker and artist at The Mulka Project

Gutiŋarra Yunupiŋu

Born 1997 in Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, Australia
Lives and works in Yirrkala, Northern Territory, Australia
Clan: Gumatj
Moiety: Yirritja
Homeland: Buymarr
Film maker and artist at The Mulka Project

Mundatjŋu Munuŋgurr

Born 1997 in Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, Australia
Lives and works in Yirrkala, Northern Territory, Australia
Clan: Djapu
Moiety: Dhuwa
Homeland: Waṉḏawuy
Film maker and artist at The Mulka Project

Arian Ganambarr-Pearson

Born 1997 in Nhulunbuy, Northern Territory, Australia
Lives and works in Yirrkala, Northern Territory, Australia
Clan: Maŋgalili
Moiety: Yirritja
Homeland: Bawaka
Sound engineer at The Mulka Project

Joseph Brady

Born 1978 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Lives and works in Yirrkala, Northern Territory, Australia
Program Director at The Mulka Project

Bec Charlesworth

Born 1977 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Lives and works in Yirrkala, Northern Territory, Australia
Trainer / multimedia manager at The Mulka Project