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Banduk Marika, 1990

Anne Zahalka

direct positive colour photograph (sheet: 70.2 cm x 69.7 cm)

Banduk Marika (b. 1954) is a printmaker, community leader and arts administrator. A member of the renowned Marika family of artists and activists, she was taught painting by her father, Mawalan (1908–1967), an artist and statesman who in 1963 helped initiate Australia’s first Aboriginal land rights case. Moving to Sydney in 1980, she studied at the National Art School, also working as a translator and in film and television and later completing residencies in Canberra and South Australia. Returning to Yirrkala in 1988, Marika managed the Buku-Larrnggay Arts Centre while continuing work as an artist and educator. She received the Australia Council’s Red Ochre Award in 2002, and in 2005 won the Best Bark Prize at the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards. Marika has served on boards for organisations including the Australia Council, the National Gallery of Australia and Bangarra Dance Theatre; and for more than two decades has been involved in education, conservation and advocacy work as a member of bodies such as the Northern Land Council and Landcare. In 1992, she established the Mawalan 1 Gamarrwa Nuwul Association for the management of Rirratjingu lands.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of the artist 2002
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
© Anne Zahalka/Copyright Agency, 2020

Accession number: 2003.13.5

Currently on display: Gallery Five (John Schaeffer Gallery)

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Artist and subject

Anne Zahalka (age 33 in 1990)

Banduk Marika (age 36 in 1990)

Subject professions

Visual arts and crafts

Donated by

Leo Christie (10 portraits)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.