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18 ZG002/20
Zacharia Gaidan Zurrumui Zarrumui Kursan Yalpaik 20/20 2011
Relief print onto Arches BFK
670 x 620mm image, 780 x 850mm paper

This print is about my life experience. It started when I go diving for Kiar (crayfish) this is the favourite part of my traditoinal culture. My art represents the sea itself - the water and tides. The fish that are swimming in the tide and going with the tide are called Zurrumui Zurrumui, schools of yellow tail trevalley. These are the best tucker of all. Kurrs - the Hammerhead Shark swim around as they guff (suckerfish) follows. The moment I dive it is dangerous and I am risking my life. But it is the way I learn how to live and survive. It is my culture. My ancestors say that when you come across the Zurrumui Zurrumui it is a sign that the Hammerhead Shark are around, and that there is something big approaching. This knowledge has been passed down to me from my ancestors and I will continue the culture and pass it down to my future generations.

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