Medical History Museum exhibition touring to London and Berlin

The Medical History Museum is pleased to announce that a selection of twenty works from the Art of Healing: Australian Indigenous Bush Medicine exhibition is touring internationally to Bush House, King’s College, London (15 May to 28 June 2019) and The Berlin Museum of Medical History of the Charit√© – Universit√§tsmedizin Berlin (24 October 2019 to 2 February 2020).

The Art of Healing explores the enduring presence and evolution of Indigenous medicine, and presents, through contemporary art, examples of specific treatments and broader approaches to healthy living from across Australia. This exhibition affirms that traditional healing is thriving and is an intrinsic part of the lives of many Indigenous communities.

The illustrated work by Judith Inkamala from Hermannsburg Potters was commissioned for this exhibition. Here, Inkamala depicts many examples of bush medicine; she says 'on this pot you can see the old brother walking, the eldest one, the sister in law going to visit the Ngangkara One (Bush Medicine Doctor). They are the eldest and are there to prepare the bush medicine and teach the young ones. The old lady and the old brother will sing, sing, sing and spit into the Bush medicine as they mix it. Singing medicine into the mixture, over the big pot then sing that medicine into the jars. That's why everyone will get better and everyone will become strong'.

Judith Pugkarta Inkamala, Bush Medicine, 2017. Medical History Museum, University of Melbourne

Image: Judith Pugkarta Inkamala, Bush Medicine, 2017. Medical History Museum, University of Melbourne