Organised by the gallery ARTKELCH, Freiburg “Warlukulangu Artists” is part of the exhibition series “Pro Community” organised by ARTKELCH under the patronage of the Australian Embassy in Germany and is the largest ever exhibition of works from Yuendumu and Nyirripi in Europe. The exhibition aims to both present a wide range of aboriginal art and to encourage the idea of “Ethical Sourcing” – so purchasing from art centres operated by the artists.
One of the most interesting aspects of the exhibition as a lay observer is learning to interpret the works.
For just as our “western” artworks explain themselves in images, so does Aboriginal art.
You’ve just got to know what is being said.
However with the help of the iconography cards it is possible to at least to attempt to decipher the works.
Like a school Latin course, you might not get it exactly right – but with a little practice you’ll certainly be in the right general direction.
Something that is not only a lot of fun but also makes the works a lot more interesting and relevant.
“Warlukulangu Artists” is on display at the Leipzig Ethnography Museum until 31.10.2010
An exhibition catalogue is available from the Grassi Shop.