[by Cassandra French]
International Women's Day. 'Women in Colour'
Women in Colour is a celebratory exhibition in conjunction with International Womens Day Friday 8th March (this year’s theme ‘Balance for Better’) + Art Month Sydney (March) 2019.
Women In Colour is curated by Mirri Leven, Co-Director of Cooee Gallery – Australia’s oldest and longest running Aboriginal Art Gallery in Australia – now in two Sydney locations, Bondi + Paddington.
In the 1990s, women emerged to become the dominant force in Aboriginal art and carried the movement toward international acclaim. Their stunning success pre-empted a global movement toward the empowerment of women internationally.
In recent years we have seen women around the world reassessing and affirming their positions globally. We are entering an exciting period in history where the world expects balance.
Leven has selected works from communities across Australia that illustrate distinctive relationships to their culture, to country and to each other. Providing commentary on the role of the modern day woman and exploring what it means to be an Indigenous woman in contemporary Australia. The exhibition comprises works by solo indigenous women artists, as well as collaborative pieces that emphasise the connections between all women. Not only does it bring forward this interconnectedness, but the exhibition will also place a voice for all female artists firmly into the #metoo conversation.
Curator and Gallery Director Mirri Leven states:
This is a beautiful opportunity to have these voices heard loud and singing. It is a bright and fun, joyful and positive collection, with wonderful collaborative works included. We are talking about the energy, power and passion that women have for their Country, for their language and for their stories. I see women in Indigenous culture as incredibly strong and incredibly resilient and this strength really shines in the artworks we have selected. The universal voice we are using to ‘better the balance’ is art –the art of contemporary Indigenous Australian women.
The stunning collaborative piece titled Ngura (top page one) has been created by women of the Kaltjiti ArtsCollaborative,based in South Australia. Mirri first saw this artwork in 2018 in a gallery in Alice Springs. As she was studying the detail of the work a butterfly landed right in the centre of the painting. She says this was such a magical moment, I knew immediately we had to have this beautiful collaborative work in the exhibition. And so began the collection for Women in Colour exhibition.
The artists behind the creation of Ngura: Tjangili George, Katrina Roberts, Carol Stevens, Pollyanne Smith, Imitjala Curley, Carolanne Ken, Rachael Stevens, Meredith Treacle, Tjungurra George, Antjala Robin and Ingrid Treacle.
The combination of different styles and stories create a rich tapestry of colour and mark making. It is an epic tale that culminates different elements including dreamings, landmarks, stones, trees, rocks and soakages. It reflects the diversity and family relationships in the APY Lands (Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands), in South Australia.
Older women working with the younger generation share their skills and stories through painting. Some of the stories represented in this painting include the Seven Sisters Dreaming, Minyma Makuli, Piltati Rockhole at Nyapari, Walytjitjata and Mamungarinyi.
Other artworks in the exhibition include a cheeky series of ceramics by Karla Dickens,The Seven Sisters Dreaming by Athena Nangala Granites, work by Sally Gaboriand new work by Kitty Napanangka Simon.Plus many other stunning paintings from women artists across the country.
SELECTED REGIONS & ARTWORKS FOR ‘WOMEN IN COLOUR’
Urban Artist. Karla Dickens
Far North QLD.Sally Gabori
Utopia, NT. Emily Kame Kngwarreye , Poly Ngal, CharmainePwerle
Artists from Warnayaka Art Centre in Lajamanu, NT. Myra Nungarrayi Herbert, Kitty Napanangka Simon
Warlukurlangu Artists - Art centre in Yuendamu, NT. Liddy Walker Napanagka, Anthena Nangala Granites
Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, SA. Patricia Baker, Teresa Baker, Andrea Adamson, Langaliki Lewis
Plus two artworks that are collaborations between artists from the APY Lands -
#16707 - Clarise Tunkin and Patricia Baker
#14937 - Tjangili George, Katrina Roberts, Carol Stevens, Pollyanne Smith, Imitjala Curley, Carolanne Ken, Rachael Stevens, Meredith Treacle, Tjungurra George, Antjala Robin and Ingrid Treacle
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