Talk and Conversation

YOYI

With Pedro Wonaeamirri and Brook Andrew

This exchange between artists Pedro Wonaeamirri and Brook Andrew tackles the importance of ”YOYI”, the term for ceremonial song and dance that enacts “repair” in Tiwi culture in Australia’s Northern Territory. Both discuss why the medium of film helps navigate this term.

Ámà: 4 Days on Caring, Repairing and Healing
  • In English; Speech-to-text

Past Dates

YOYI is the name for the ceremonial song and dance that is central to Tiwi culture in northern Australia. It is indicative of repair, with the practice being passed down through generations. The gestures, calls, ceremonial objects and body paint that comprise YOYI make up one of the strongest living creative practices, which seeks to constantly repair. Wonaeamirri‘s work draws on performance, using film to bring dance, language and vision of country into the institution, as well as framing an experience of Jilamara artists’ ochre paintings, ironwood carvings and screened fabrics. YOYI in this context expresses self-control, keeping the Tiwi culture close and controlling the dissemination of their own images, rather than being represented by outside people.

Pedro Wonaeamirri will join the conversation digitally.

Pedro Wonaeamirri is an artist who grew up in Pirlangimpi (Pularumpi) on Melville Island, Australia. Wonaeamirri is a senior cultural leader on the Tiwi Islands. He has significant knowledge of the Tiwi language and culture. His work has been presented internationally, most recently as part of NIRIN the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020).

Pedro Wonaeamirri will join the conversation digitally

Brook Garru Andrew (moderator) is an Australian Wiradjuri artist, curator and scholar. His practice imagines alternative futures and challenges limitations imposed by ongoing colonial actions to re-centre Indigenous ways of being. He is co-curator of a group show on caring, repairing and healing which will be presented at the Gropius Bau in 2022.