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THE AUSTRALIAN WAR MEMORIAL HAS UNVEILED AN IMPORTANT PAINTING BY ARTISTS FROM THE APY LANDS
The Australian War Memorial has unveiled a vast painting by artists from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) lands in South Australia. It will go on permanent display in the Memorial’s orientation gallery. Alcaston Gallery Director Beverly Knight said that she was very proud to have been able to instigate a dialogue with the Australian War Memorial and curator Ryan Johnson about the importance of the APY lands and protecting country, which eventuated in this special project.
Kulatangku angakanyini manta munu Tjukurpa features symbols referring to the myriad and complex ways in which rock holes, trees, and the landscape are protectors of the Anangu way of life. In the orange-and-red-toned painting, the tjukurpa of the large central tree is a story of protection. The tree is a symbol of a wati (male) soldier, and the spirit of the ancestors stay in the trees, protecting Anangu. The kulata (spears) are for use by soldiers, not hunters. The u-shapes indicate a family gathering of hunting and inma (song and dance or ceremony). The text inscribed across the painting, “Wati Tjilpie Tjutaku Angakakanyilpai Manta Munu Tjukurpa”, translates as “the many men and old men hold and protect Country and Culture”.
The artists who participated in this powerful and significant collaberation were Alec Baker, Eric Kumanara Mungi Barney, Pepai Jangala Carroll, Taylor Cooper, Witjiti George, Willy Kaika, Brenton Ken, Ray Ken, Dickie Marshall, Willy Muntjanti Martin, Peter Mungkuri, Jimmy Pompey, Keith Stevens, Bernard Tjalkuri, Thomas Ilytjari Tjilya, Ginger Wikilyiri, Mick Wikilyiri, Mumu Mike Williams and Frank Young.
Images | Kulatangku angakanyini manta munu Tjukurpa [Country and Culture will be protected by spears], APY Art Centre Collective, 2017, synthetic polymer paint on linen. Painted in Nyapari, Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands, South Australia; APY Lands Art Commission Launch. 16 November 2017 - photographs taken by Fiona Silsby.
SALLY GABORI AND MORNINGTON ISLAND WOMEN FEATURE IN PAST LEGACY: PRESENT TENSE AT THE NATION GALLERY OF VICTORIA
Sally Gabori and women from Mornington Island are currently featuring in Past Legacy: Present Tense at the National Gallery of Victoria. This exhibition looks at Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from city and bush studios who have made their mark by reinterpreting and transforming customary signs and objects into daringly different and modern works of art.
Two stunning paintings by Sally Gabori feature in the exhibition along with a series of Dresses with hand painted Burkunda designs by Mornington Island women Birmuyingathi Maali Netta Loogatha, Dibirdibi Elsie Gabori, Helena Gabori, Agnes Kohler, Mingungurra Amy Loogatha, Alison Kirstin Goongarra, Dibirdibi Amanda Jane Gabori, Warthadangathi Bijarrba Ethel Thomas, Dolly Thunduyingathui Bangaa Loogatha and Rayarriwarrtharrbayingathi Mingungurra Amy Loogatha assisted by Designer Grace Lillian Lee.
The woman note, ‘In the old days our mob made burrkunda (permanent markings on our body) to connect us to kandu, our blood relations, our family. Today we continue to make markings on paper, canvas and now fabric. Together we make these markings, strengthening our connections to family and Country. Today we can share this with a bigger world.’
The exhibition will be open to the public at the NGV Australia, Federation Square until January 2018.
Images| Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Thundi, 2008, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 197 x 301 cm; Mirdidingkingathi Juwarnda Sally Gabori, Thundi, 2008, synthetic polymer paint on linen, 196 x 101 cm; Birmuyingathi Maali Netta Loogatha, Dibirdibi Elsie Gabori, Grace Lilian Lee, Helena Gabori, Agnes Kohler, Mingungurra Amy Loogatha, Alison Kirstin Goongarra, Dibirdibi Amanda Jane Gabori, Warthadangathi Bijarrba Ethel Thomas, Dolly Thunduyingathui Bangaa Loogatha and Rayarriwarrtharrbayingathi Mingungurra Amy Loogatha, Burkunda, dress (installation view), 2017, painted cotton, dimensions variable.
SALLY GABORI TO FEATURE IN SIGNIFICANT EXHIBITION - INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIA: MASTERWORKS FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF AUSTRALIA - AT THE ME COLLECTORS ROOM, BERLIN
Alcaston Gallery is pleased to announce that Sally Gabori will feature in an important survey of art by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders at the me Collectors room in Berlin.
The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) and me Collectors Room Berlin will present Indigenous Australia: Masterworks from the National Gallery of Australia, providing an insight into one of the "oldest, richest and most complex" cultures in the world (Franchesca Cubillo).
The exhibition will open to the public this Friday, November 17, at the me Collectors Room Berlin
Image | Portrait of Sally Gabori © Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne 2017
CONGRATULATIONS TO ANGELA TIATIA, FINALIST IN THE FISHER'S GHOST ART AWARD
Congratulations to Angela Tiatia who was a finalist in the Fisher's Ghost Art Award with her stunning photographic work Dark Light.
Dark Light was commissioned for the Australian Centre for Photography's exhibition Under the Sun and is currently on exhibition at the Venice Biennale as part of Personal Structures at the European Cultural Centre until the 26th November. Alcaston Gallery also exhibited Dark Light at Sydney Contemporary earlier this year.
The exhibition of Fisher's Ghost Art Award finalists is open to the public at the Campbelltown Arts Centre until the 12th of December.
Image | Fishers Ghost Art Award 2016
CLAUDIA MOODOONUTHI'S PLAYFUL INSTALLATION COYA - LITTLE ONE OPENS AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF VICTORIA
Alcaston Gallery is excited to announce Claudia Moodoonuthi's playful installation of hand painted, found objects, Coya - Little One, opened at the National Gallery of Victoria yesterday.
'Coya’ (Little One) is the name Claudia Moodoonuthi’s Kaiadilt family on Bentinck Island have always called her, and still use today.
To create this installation, Moodoonuthi collected once loved objects she found littered around Brisbane which reminded her of the fun she had growing up on Bentinck Island. Her use of images, patterns and text combines the aesthetic of Brisbane street art and the paintings of her Kaialdilt mentors, Sally Gabori, Netta Loogatha and May Moodoonuthi whose love of colour and Country is instilled in her.
Moodoonuthi has worked collaboratively with MECCA Brands on their 2017 Holiday collection, inspired by a shared love of vibrant colour. Now in its second year, this partnership sees MECCA Brands founder and CEO Jo Horgan support the NGV to acquire works by female Australian contemporary artists for the NGV Collection.
Image | Claudia Moodoonuthi, Coya - Little One (Installation Detail), 2017, synthetic polymer paint on skateboard. © Claudia Moodoonuthi and Alcaston Gallery, 2017