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Screens with: Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black)

An Indigenous Australian man dressed in drag stands in the outback with the sunset fading behind him against the shadows of the country.
Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black) - still from the short film by Switch Productions

Marungka Tjalatjunu (Dipped in Black) is a multi disciplinary film and photographic art project created by Yankunytjatjara artist Derik Lynch & Australian artist Matthew Thorne that explores (in dream and memory) Derik’s childhood growing up in the heart of central Australia.

The story follows his road trip from the oppression of white city life in Adelaide back to country – Aputula – to perform Drag on sacred Inma ground, while memories from his youth return.

Inma is a 60,000+ year old form of storytelling using the visual, verbal and physical. As a place of storytelling it is also the place where the history and stories of the past are written and shared in the present.


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