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Zoom Shorts - Djerrkŋu Yunupiŋu, I Am A Mermaid
Zoom Shorts - Djerrkŋu Yunupiŋu, I Am A Mermaid
Zoom Shorts - Djerrkŋu Yunupiŋu, I Am A Mermaid
Zoom Shorts - Djerrkŋu Yunupiŋu, I Am A Mermaid
Zoom Shorts - Djerrkŋu Yunupiŋu, I Am A Mermaid

Shorts - Djerrkŋu Yunupiŋu, I Am A Mermaid



These unisex shorts have been designed and made exclusively in Melbourne for the NGV design store to celebrate the exhibition, Bark Ladies: Eleven Artists from Yirrkala.
Bark Ladies: Eleven Artists from Yirrkala showcases the NGV’s extraordinary collection of work by Yolŋu women artists from the Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre (Buku), in North-East Arnhem Land. Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre is the Indigenous community run art centre located in Yirrkala, a small Aboriginal community, approximately 700 km east of Darwin. According to Buku, under Yolŋu Law the ‘Land’ extends to include sea, and both land and sea are connected in a single cycle of life for which the Yolŋu hold their songs, sacred designs and art. Yolŋu women at Buku are known for channeling this unique world view into daring and innovative works of art that demonstrate their mastery over the unique medium of bark. 

The NGV design store has collaborated with The Social Studio to produce this exclusive range of apparel and accessories. The Social Studio is a not-for-profit social enterprise, using fashion and creativity to create work and learning opportunities for refugee and new migrant communities. This collection was made in their Ethical Clothing Australia-accredited workshop in Collingwood, Melbourne by the production team of: Tara, Amee, Thi, Zakarya, Nancy, Asal and Ngoc My. 


Available in three unisex sizes (S, M, L)
Linen blend
2 side pockets
Elastic waistband

Designed and made in Melbourne exclusively for the NGV design store.

About the artwork

This work portrays a story of the artist’s conception as spiritual mermaid, using a combination of natural earth pigments and reclaimed toner ink (ground polyester) from discarded printer cartridges. Stories about mermaids appear in myths around the world, but the Yolŋu mermaid, which appears in both freshwater and saltwater, is perhaps lesser known. By painting this personal story, Djerrkŋu recalls a mermaid dream that her father had while her mother was pregnant with her.

Djerrkŋu Yunupiŋu
Gumatj, Rrakpala born 1945
I am a mermaid 2020
earth pigments and recycled print toner on Stringybark (Eucalyptus sp.)
255.0 x 57.0 cm
Considered Item
© Djerrkŋu Yunupiŋu, courtesy of Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre, Yirrkala

Shorts - Djerrkŋu Yunupiŋu, I Am A Mermaid



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