Young and established Aboriginal artists headline Danjoo – Interwoven exhibition

L-R: Artists Lea Taylor and Rohin Kickett, getting work ready for the upcoming
L-R: Artists Lea Taylor and Rohin Kickett, getting work ready for the upcoming "Danjoo - Interwoven" exhibition at the Midland Junction Arts Centre in Midland. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d490438

WA’S finest established and emerging Aboriginal artists will be celebrating culture, language and visual arts at the Danjoo – Interwoven exhibition in Midland.

The exhibition features paintings, contemporary artworks and visual art pieces created by 18 artists from or now living in the south-west corner of WA.

Co-curators Lea Taylor and Greg Sikich have gathered other artists including Rohin Kickett, Esther McDowell, Lance Chadd, Jeanette Garlett and Lewis Nannup for the exhibition to be held at Midland Junction Arts Centre from February 15 to April 6.

Noongar music duo Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse will be performing at the opening night.

Taylor, who specialised in weaving and modern contemporary art, said her piece featured blooms weaved in different colours which represented the beauty of different people from the Bibbulmun nation.

She said she got opportunities to spend time with incredible young and established artists while organising the exhibition.

“Aboriginal art is very strong and it is in really good hands when we see who is coming up behind the established artists,” she said.

Kickett, a modern contemporary artist, is also currently the artist in residence at the centre.

He will exhibit an artwork of featuring photograph of Optus Stadium decorated with dot painting and another abstract piece of the Balardong region where his family is from.

Rohin Kickett’s artwork of Optus Stadium. Photo: Dushong art Facebook page

“I have taken a shot of the stadium (Optus Stadium) which is one of the only places where Aboriginal talent is publicly celebrated every week during football season,” he said.

“I took a shot under the Graham Farmer Freeway because he is quite a prominent Aboriginal footballer from here.

“The dot work just represents the river – the Derbarl Yerrigan (Swan River).

“It just represents the resilience of our people.”

THE ESSENTIALS

What: Danjoo – Interwoven exhibition

Where: Midland Junction Arts Centre, 276 Great Eastern Highway, Midland

When: February 15 to April 6, viewing from Wednesdays to Fridays 10am to 5pm and Saturdays from 11am to 3pm

For information, visit www.midlandjunctionartscentre.com.au/exhibitions/danjoo