Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin Antara 2019
This May, Olsen Gruin and the Australian Consulate-General Los Angeles will present APY LANDS LA: Central Desert Painters of Australia. The group exhibit will feature paintings from 21 different aboriginal artists, primarily women, from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.
According to Olsen Gruin, the works of APY LANDS depict the transcendental and its transubstantiation into the material world. “These works reflect a new direction in Indigenous art that refers to an ancient mythology still pertinent and very much a part of contemporary art today.”
Yaritji Young Tjala Tjukurpa – Honey Ant Story 2018
In addition, the APY Art Centre Collective encourages artists to express and share their Tjukurpa, or Dreaming Stories, which have been passed down from their ancestors. “For the Indigenous peoples of Australia, Dreamtime functions as a way to remember the past, understand the present, and interpret the future.” With this exhibit, the artists of APY LANDS strive to share these remarkable stories that are so meaningful to their personal histories.
APY LANDS: Central Desert Painters of Australia will be on view from May 3 – May 30, Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am – 5 pm.
Cover photo: Michelle Lewis Ngayuka mamaku ngura ini Makiri 2018. Images via Olsen Gruin.
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