We are in Wonder LAND: new experimental art from Central Australia
Thurs, 14 May, 6-8pm
- When 15 May - 15 Aug 2015
Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd, Paddington
Tues to Sat, 10am-5pm
Contemporary desert Aboriginal art is breaking new aesthetic and political ground as never before. New media and messages, new local and international collaborations, and new artists are energetically renewing and reshaping desert art and cultural traditions. The central and western deserts are lively, contested, thriving places, where urgent cultural and political claims are taking flight on a horizon of expanded expressive possibilities.
On digital screens, canvas and fabric; woven, painted and stitched; clicked, scripted and pressed; written, spoken and sung – contemporary desert art experimentation and innovation is energetically carrying old and new stories into new forms, conversations and spaces.
Meeting together in We are in Wonder LAND artists Nyurpaya Kaika Burton (Tjanpi Desert Weavers & Tjala Arts), Margaret Boko (Tangentyere Artists), Marlene Rubuntja (Yarrenyty Arltere) and Rhonda Unrupa Dick (Tjala Arts), along with other senior and emerging artists, articulate masterful engagements of their own local art histories and 21st century art possibilities, re-imagining the past and opening new places for future desert voices.
Exclusive to Sydney, We are in Wonder LAND invites audiences to experience bold desert photographic works, new media installations, paintings, soft sculptures, documentary films, animations, self/portraiture, fabric, fashion and fibre art works from community art centres, private and institutional collections.
The We are in Wonder LAND Symposium featuring artist presentations will be held on Friday, May 15.
We are in Wonder LAND partners: Desart Inc.; National Institute for Experimental Arts and Cicada Press.
Supported by the Australia Council for the Arts and the Australian Research Council.
Desart Inc. is supported by the Australia Council for the Arts, Northern Territory Government, Australian Government Indigenous Visual Arts Industry Support and Australian Government Visual Arts and Craft Strategy.
Curated by Philip Watkins (EO Desart Inc.), Jennifer Biddle and Lisa Stefanoff (NIEA).