Yiloga! Tiwi Footy

Yiloga! is a exploration of football and it’s importance in the life of an Indigenous community.

This series of documentary style photographs deals with the place of ‘footy’ in Tiwi culture and explores not only the Tiwi communities passion for the game of AFL Football but also it’s positive influence on life in the community.

From Yiloga! MULUWURRI (Magpie Geese) School classroom being used as dressing room before the game. Photographer: Peter Eve 2005

MULUWURRI (Magpie Geese)
School classroom being used as dressing room before the game. Photographer: Peter Eve 2005

 

The calibre of the footballers that have originated from the Tiwi Islands is remarkable; they have thrilled crowds with their sporting prowess, athleticism and style on the football field. This exhibition explores the links between sport, culture and art resonating deeply within the collective Australian psyche.

The colour and excitement of footy is captured as well as some of the startling history of the islands over the last 5 years. Photographers Peter Eve and Monica Napper have worked collaboratively with the community to produce a remarkable work that endeavours to break down barriers and redress stereotypes.

Sport and life are inextricably linked in Australian culture and these images explore some of the cultural and social aspects of ‘yiloga’ and the prominent place of footy in the social network of the region referencing the tribal/clan alliances which form the basis of football on the Tiwi Islands. As Brother Pye once noted: “Football has unified people on the islands. They are all from different clans, but as soon as you pick a footy team they are all in it together.”

Yiloga! is a striking reminder of the complexity of the country in which we live.

Australia Council

Artback NT: Arts Development and Touring

Northern Territory Government