Weapons For The Soldier
- When 11 Nov 2018 - 3 Feb 2019
782 Kingsway, Gymea NSW 2227
A groundbreaking exhibition initiated by the young men of the APY Lands, bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australian artists to examine complex themes of weaponry, warfare, and protecting the land.
Weapons for the soldier is a project initiated by the young men of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara (APY) Lands, Vincent Namatjira, Aaron Ken, Derek Thompson, Anwar Young and Kamurin Young, with support from senior artists Willy Kaika Burton, Ray Ken, Peter Mungkuri, Mumu Mike Williams and Frank Young.
The title resonates with great force for the young Anangu men who have initiated this groundbreaking curatorial project. It is a subject that senior APY artist Ray Ken has explored in his paintings throughout his career, and with his permission and encouragement, along with the support of other senior men who often paint weapons and stories of conflict, these younger men explore what it means to be a soldier today and to fight in order to protect your land and all it entails.