naadohbii: to draw water

1 JUL – 29 OCT 2023

Naadohbii: To Draw Water explores and foregrounds Indigenous relationships with water.

The exhibition brings together contemporary Indigenous artwork from Turtle Island (Canada), Aotearoa (New Zealand), and many First Peoples nations of Australia. Featuring over 20 artists, including newly commissioned pieces, Naadohbii: To Draw Water illustrates an axis of solidarity between First Peoples nations across the globe around environmental, political and cultural connections to water.

The exhibition is a curatorial partnership project between Museums Victoria, Winnipeg Art Gallery (WAG-Qaumajuq) and Pātaka Art + Museum.


Rebecca Belmore, Israel Birch, Elisa Jane Carmichael, Vicki Couzens, Nici Cumpston, Lindsay Dawn Dobbin, Nikau Hindin, Maria Hupfield, Jeremy Leatinu’u, Ishmael Marika, Marianne Nicolson, William Noah, Onaman Collective (Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch), Jessie Onark, Nova Paul, Rachael Rakena, James Tylor, Keri Whaitiri, and Regina Pilawuk Wilson.

Image: Nici Cumpston, Oh my Murray Darling, 2019


Read more about Naadohbii in an Art News NZ interview with curator Ioana Gordon-Smith.

Connections through water an exhibition at Pātaka

Sinead Overbye reviews Naadohbii: To Draw Water, for The Post.
The title for this piece is taken from Lindsay Dawn Dobbin’s work Touching ocean, receiving medicine (2021).