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Capturing the Essence of Indigenous Culture
Desart Photography Prize

Adelaide prides itself as being known as the "Festival State" which is mirrored in the diverse events which occur across the calendar year, whether they be food, wine, arts or cultural festivals.

One such festival which has debuted this year has been the Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, which is a showcase and celebration of indigenous culture in South Australia.

To date the festival has been hailed as having been extremely successful judging by the crowd numbers and overall interest, with mainly new art shown across 22 venues around Adelaide.

One such exhibition which is still running as part of the festival is the Desart Photography Prize at the State Library of South Australia.

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Tarnanthi Desart Photography Prize
"Collecting Seeds

Focus of Exhibition

Housed within the old Institute Building of the State Library of South Australia (SLSA) on North Terrace, Adelaide is a well depicted suite of outstanding photographs which really brings together artists' work from the bush alongside their city colleagues.

Many emerging artists' work is showcased, with a collection of brilliant images helping to capture the essence of indigenous culture here in Australia.

This collection of photographs by Aboriginal art workers is part of the Desart Aboriginal Art Workers' Program, which provides training, mentoring and skill development leading to employment opportunities for these art workers in art centres across Central Australia.

The sample of work displayed has been featured in the Desart Photography Prize over the past four years, specifically created by four of the photography prize participants as well as two additional artists.

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Desart Photography Exhibition Room

Specific Photographic Displays

The majority of the images are well presented, an example being one of an elderly Aboriginal man named Willy Kaika, captured by Sam Williams.

The detail depicted in the photograph particularly brings to mind the adage of "eyes being a window to the soul".

You can't but be mesmerised by another image depicting "dreaming" with a powerful representation of the outback landscape overlaid with an Aboriginal woman, entitled "Maku Dreaming" by an artist by the name of Josina Pumani.

A self-portrait by Anastine Ken also tells a story with the expression on Anastine's face suggesting "hope" in some form, as well as showing the strength of the sun with the high level of light revealing her detailed features.

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Maku Dreaming by Josina Pumani

Tarnanthi Desart Photography Prize
Self-Portrait by Anastine Ken


So if you have an appreciation for high quality art work, this exhibition is not to be missed and is on until Sunday 1st November 2015 in the Institute Gallery and Ante Room of the State Library of South Australia.

Access is either from the main entrance of the Institute Building on the corner of North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide, via the ramp on the western side of the Institute Building or through the main glass foyer entrance of the State Library.

The cost is free and opening hours are daily from 10 am to 5 pm.

The program of Tarnanthi together with a venue map showing events around Adelaide and suburbs is also available for visitors.

Hope you enjoy the program and particularly the Desart Photography Exhibition, whetting your appetite to view more exhibitions as part of the festival.

Tarnanthi Desart Photography Prize
Scruffy Puppy Going for a Walk by Estelle Mick

Tarnanthi Desart Photography Prize
Willy Kaika by Sam Williams

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Why? A great opportunity to see a high quality selection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander photography
When: From Thursday 8 October to Sunday 1 November 2015
Phone: 08 8207 7000
Where: State Library of South Australia, Institute Building, Corner North Terrace and Kintore Avenue, Adelaide, SA 5000
Cost: Free
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