Brittany’s Spear: Art from APY Land to France

In a year of turmoil, 34 APY Land artists seized the opportunity to shine on the international stage with their work. It ’s a story of a new movement in Australian art history., Writing an art gallery for Assistant Director SA Lisa Slade..

He visited the Art Gallery of South Australia last year when Loïg Chesnais Girard, chairman of the Brittany Regional Council, visited Adelaide hosted by Prime Minister Stephen Marshall.

When he stepped into the gallery’s entrance hall from the North Terrace, his first work of art was a monumental three-panel painting called. Kankura-Kankura Kuju Kurupa (Sister story), By five Ken sisters and their mother, Panini Mick. It’s a pure firework of paint.

The dynamic energy of the paintings created in Aṉangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands was immediately effective. The president experienced something for the first time. Contemporary Aboriginal art from South Australia, the latest art from the world’s oldest living culture.

The concept of traveling exhibition was born at that moment. This gave rise to the commitment that the art of APY Lands and Tarnanthi, the flagship festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders art of AGSA, exists internationally in Brittany.

Over a year KuulatJuta Tomorrow, an exhibition will be held at the museum in Rennes.

With serious interruptions even in local and national exhibition programs, the staging of this international exhibition is a true testament to Anang’s adaptability and creative talent.

Maringka Burton and Betty Muffler in front of an ongoing collaboration. Photo courtesy of artist and I wantja Arts

Thirty-four artists are participating in an exhibition named after the ongoing cultural maintenance initiative in which the elders of Anang teach young men to make spears. KuulatJuta..

The installation of the same name, consisting of 550 spears, was supposed to be the centerpiece of the exhibition, but COVID-19 changed the gallery’s plans to develop a new exhibition with a focus primarily on painting.

The artist and APY Art Center Collective seized this opportunity in a year of turmoil and cancellation to shine on the international stage. The resulting exhibition is a gesture of cultural diplomacy between the sister regions of Brittany and South Australia.

Some paintings were created by the next generation of star painters at the APY Art Center Collective in Adelaide. Also included is Nyunmiti Burton, who recently won the Roberts Family Award as part of the Win Award at the New South Wales Museum of Art.

Nyon Miti Burton’s Seven Sisters, 2020.Photo courtesy of APY Adelaide Studio

The beauty of the works of art on display can mask their cultural and political power. Together, these works tell the story of new movements in Australian art history and the importance of art centers in producing cultural and economic outcomes.

As Burton states:

“Today, almost every man and woman in the APY community participates in the art center. Men and women’s culture is gladly celebrated and carefully taught at art center studios throughout APY Land. Everything started on a small scale, but thanks to Anang’s efforts and dedication, the Art Center has grown strongly and continues to grow.

We are proud to have many innovative, brave and dedicated artists working on APY Land … We hope this exhibition marks the beginning of a long friendship between Brittany and the APY region. This exhibition is dedicated to female leaders who started the APY art movement and subsequent leaders. This is their story. “

Numerous vibrant painting companies have a series of photographs of artist Robert Fielding and the weapons and tools installed on his walls. Wardlata (Spear) and mill (Javelin throw) With both wood and bronze.

Robert Fielding Our roots, 2020, Bronze Cast Kurata, Winter, Wanna, Mill, Inti, Gold Leaf. Kurata, Winter, Wanna, Mill, Inti made from Marga, Kurata (spare wood), Malprik (Kangaroo tendon), camel wool. Photo courtesy of Mimili Maku Arts

Fielding is a 200-page book that accompanies the exhibition, written in French, Breton, English, and Pitjantjat, explaining:

The· mill Give direction to the strength of (javelin throw) kuḻaṯa (spear). There is no force without direction. These objects keep culture strong, allow stories, songs and dances to be passed down from generation to generation, hold our story and help young people in life.

So KuulatJuta Held in Brittany, here in Adelaide entitled 5th Tarnanti Exhibition Open your hands Opened at Art Gallery of South Australia. You can participate in the virtual launch on the gallery website at 6 pm on October 15th.

Dr. Lisa Slade is an assistant director at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

KuulatJuta Supported by the Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art with Principal Partner BHP from the South Australian Government, APY Art Center Collective, and Art Gallery of South Australia. Kurata Juta We also receive support from the Brittany region, the city of Rennes and the museums of Rennes. It will run from October 16, 2020 to January 3, 2021.
Adelaide audience can experience KuulatJuta Through exhibition publications available from the AGSA Shop in the coming weeks.

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