Tjukurpa Pulkatjara

The Power of the Law

 

Painting: Jimmy Baker
Painting: Jimmy Baker
Tjukurpa Pulkatjara

This benchmark exhibition was staged by Ananguku Arts at the South Australian Museum as part of the 2010 Adelaide Festival. It showcased the works of leading artists from the Ngaanyatjatjara, Pitjantjatjara and Yankunytjatjara lands.

Aboriginal artists from the tri-state region to the far northwest of South Australia are at the heart of the contemporary Indigenous art movement. This benchmark exhibition featured works of senior artists including Kunmanara (Jimmy) Baker, Maringka Baker, Kunmanara (Wingu) Tingima, Tommy Mitchell, Harry Tjutjuna, Dickie Minyintiri and other senior men and women whose work is held in major private and public national and international collections.

Artists were present during the exhibtion to speak to or sing their work. Tjukurpa Pulkatjara celebrates the work of artists who live and paint close to the Tjukurpa in their own country, at community based art centres. The exhibition underlines the importance of provenance and ethical acquisition of works.

The South Australian Museum, renowned for its extensive collection of Indigenous cultural artefacts, including work from this region, was a fitting venue for an exhibition of this calibre.

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