- When 13 Oct 2017 - 28 Jan 2018
NORTH TERRACE ADELAIDE SA 5000
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UNSW Art & Design's internationally acclaimed Cicada Press has been invited to contribute to Adelaide's landmark Tarnanthi festival of Indigenous arts and culture at the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA).
Tarnanthi is a platform for artists from across the country to share important stories and aims to shed new light on contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. Tarnanthi, pronounced tar-nan-dee, is a Kaurna word from the traditional owners of the Adelaide Plains. It means to come forth or appear – like the sun and the first emergence of light. For many cultures, first light signifies new beginnings.
Curated by UNSW Art & Design's Director of Indigenous Programs Tess Allas, student and artist Dennis Golding and the founder and director of Cicada Press Michael Kempson, the exhibiiton titled Under Pressure focuses on artists who are dedicated to revealing truths – truths drawn from memories, reflections and lived experiences. The featured prints expose denied historical, political and familial truths. And with these acts of revelation comes beauty.
An initiative of UNSW Art & Design, Cicada Press has provided intensive printmaking workshops to First Nation artists across Australia and internationally since 2008. Participating artists have the opportunity to access Art & Design's printmaking studios, equipment and the expertise of the faculty's academic and technical staff to learn new techniques and develop their own series of prints.
Discussing the exhibition Tess Allas said "I have worked with student, Dennis Golding, on this project as my Assistant Curator. This has been made possible as his Professional Experience Project integrated into his degree. The Director of the Festival and the staff at the gallery have really been impressed with Dennis’s sense of professionalism and his strong work ethic. We are lucky to have him."
Under Pressure features a diverse array of work made in the Cicada Press studios and includes; work by artists Judy Watson and Marcia Swaby that investigate the British Museum and its holdings of Indigenous cultural objects. Works made by Brenda L Croft and Lorena Allam that speak of the unbreakable link to traditional Country in their representations of found objects on their respective returns to Country. Projects by Vic Chapman, Laurel Nannup and Dale Harding that teach us of the lived experience of life in the early to mid-twentieth century, while Ricky Connick, Vanessa Inkamala and Adrian Stimson all reference capitalism and colonisation as it impacts their lives and their land today.
Julie Gough’s forensic investigation of historic media and journal entries from the C19th evidences the traumas of frontier violence in Tasmania. Tony Albert shows us how out of colonisation, came the absurd use of the Aboriginal image, used as a trinket for tourist consumption. Raymond Zada’s work references the actions resulting from political (mis)understandings of Aboriginal Australia. Vernon Ah Kee’s works are created in such a way as to make the viewer work hard to see the deeper meaning of life as he knows it, as an Aboriginal man. David Nolan’s jail series shows, without any ambiguity, a life which has been interrupted by the criminal justice system and Gordon Hookey proclaims that Aboriginal life is a life under siege, but is a life lived in the company of strong resistance.
Participating artists include: Vernon Ah Kee, Tony Albert, Lorena Allam, Vic Chapman, Ricky Connick, Brenda Croft, Julie Gough, Dale Harding, Gordon Hookey, Vanessa Inkamala, Laurel Nannup, David Nolan, Adrian Stimson, Marcia Swaby, Judy Watson and Raymond Zada.