Aboriginal storytelling through arts: Artitja exhibition

Work by Janine McAullay Bott.
Work by Janine McAullay Bott.

GET a look into the important role the land and story telling plays in Aboriginal culture in a new Artitja Fine Art exhibition opening this week.

Nganampa Ngura, Nganampa Tjukurpa, or Our Land, Our Stories, will showcase a collection of work from artists living in three communities on the border where WA meets South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Gallery director Anna Kanaris said the paintings showed how important land was to the indigenous people and how it differed from the way non-Aboriginal people perceived land.

“The indigenous peoples’ borders traditionally are not ours, their country’s borders are different to ours and are connected to their ancestors and sacred beliefs,” Kanaris said.

“There can be a secret sacredness in an artist’s painting and that part of the story cannot be divulged, it is personal and vital to the artist in a different way to our perception of the sacred.

“However the paintings still carry a lot of meaning and of course an aesthetic pleasure.”

The exhibition is at the Earlywork Gallery from October 22 until November 8, with a curator floortalk on October 24 at 2pm.