Yunkurra Billy Atkins, Sohan Ariel Hayes: Cannibal Story

  • ©, Yunkurra Billy Atkins and Sohan Ariel Hayes, Cannibal Story
  • ©, Yunkurra Billy Atkins and Sohan Ariel Hayes, Cannibal Story
  • ©, Yunkurra Billy Atkins and Sohan Ariel Hayes, Cannibal Story

Artist Statement:


    Digital HD video, duration 06’52”, col, sd, 2012. Courtesy of the artists, Fremantle Arts Centre and Martumili Artists. One of 3 art works in the Naala-ba exhibition.

    Cannibal Story brings to life ancient carnivorous beings that live beneath Kumpupirntily (Lake Disappointment), a salt lake at the heart of Martu country, in the Western Desert, Western Australia. Yunkurra Billy Atkins is the great animator of the dark narratives that score this area where Martu fear to tread, and his beguiling paintings have intrigued and challenged art lovers for many years. Now new audiences are invited into the world of his art, his imagination and his country, as Yunkurra’s paintings are brought to life through his collaboration with award-winning animator Sohan Ariel Hayes. Cannibal Story gives sound and emotion (and a touch of violence) to the beauty and danger of Yunkurra’s original paintings.
    Cannibal Story is a co-production of Fremantle Arts Centre, City of Fremantle and Martumili Artists, Shire of East Pilbara, supported by Martu People Limited and BHP Billiton.
    Carriageworks is a cultural facility of the NSW Government and is supported by Arts NSW.


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