Tarnanthi goes international in 2020 with the presentation of a major touring exhibition in France of new works by artists from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia.
The exhibition showcases important paintings and photographs along with an installation of spears and tools in wood and cast bronze. With the involvement of thirty-four artists from APY art centres, the exhibition presents a rare opportunity for European audiences to experience the creative scope, adaptive genius and artistic dynamism of Anangu culture today.
Titled Kulata Tjuta (Many Spears), this celebration of contemporary Anangu art references the long-running Kulata Tjuta Project of cultural maintenance in which senior Anangu artists and leaders share cultural knowledge and skills with younger generations.
The exhibition – agreed at government level and supported by the Regional Council of Brittany and the City of Rennes – will occupy an entire floor of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, the capital of Brittany in north-west France. Its season in Brittany will coincide with Tarnanthi 2020 in Adelaide. The exhibition will be supported by a trilingual publication in Pitjantjatjara, English and French.
Presented with support from the Government of South Australia, APY Art Centre Collective, and the Art Gallery of South Australia through Tarnanthi: Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art with Principal Partner BHP.
Alec Baker, Maringka Baker, Leah Brady, Maringka Burton, Nyunmiti Burton, Nyurpaya Kaika Burton, Wawiriya Burton, Betty Chimney, Taylor Cooper, Nellie Coulthard, Emily Cullinan, Vicki Cullinan, Sammy Dodd, Stanley Douglas, Robert Fielding, Witjiti George, Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin, Naomi Kantjuriny, Sylvia Ken, Tjungkara Ken, Manyitjanu Lennon, Judy Martin, Barbara Mbitjana Moore, Molly Miller, Samuel Miller, Mona Mitakiki Shepherd, Betty Muffler, Peter Mungkuri, Tjimpayi Presley, Betty Kuntiwa Pumani, Margaret Richards, Keith Stevens, Ginger Wikilyiri, Mick Wikilyiri
Tarnanthi is presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia with Principal Partner BHP and support from the Government of South Australia.