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Christian Thompson - Bidjara people HEAT(detail) 2010 / 3-channel video
on loan from artist and private lender Photographs by Sam Noonan, courtesy of Samstag Museum of Art
I wonder how may people in Adelaide are aware that right now we are very lucky to have on show the 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial, a travelling exhibition from the National Art Gallery of Australia, which is the premier art institution in the country.
Masks, sculptures and paintings. Photograph by Sam Noonan, courtesy Samstag Museum of Art.
This exhibition, unDisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennal, is the first in the in the national tour of this exhibition, and can be seen at the Samstag Museum, the second biggest art museum in South Australia after the Art Gallery of South Australia. Even though the exhibition is located in the Hawke Building, on the University of South Australia City West Campus, which is a university art museum, it is very much a public museum, and is therefore open to the general public.
Naata Nungurrayi - Pintupi people Untitled 2010
synthetic polymer paint on canvas /122 x 122 cm National Gallery of Australia, Canberra purchased 2010
the artist, represented by Aboriginal Artists Agency Photographs by Sam Noonan, courtesy of Samstag Museum of Art
The Samstag Museum features three substantial and elegant exhibition galleries over two levels and presents a changing program of exhibitions every year. These exhibitions have been developed from within Samstag with the curatorial staff, and they also host exhibitions which have come from key art institutions in Australia and overseas.
Photographic and artwork Photograph by Sam Noonan, courtesy Samstag Museum of Art.
The curator of UndisclosedCarly Lane, a Kalkadoon woman from North West Queensland, has a background in anthropology, as well as art, history and art curatorship, and she is the first guest curator of this second National Indigenous Art Triennial. Out of the hundreds of Indigenous contemporary artists working in Australia today, there is a deliberate selection, based on a theme, which has been chosen by the guest curator.
Nici Cumpston - Barkindji people Campsite V, Nookamka Lake 2008 inkjet print on canvas, hand-coloured with pencil and watercolour National Gallery of Australia, Canberra purchased 2011 Photographs by Sam Noonan, courtesy of Samstag Museum of Art
Carly Lane has chosen the theme, unDisclosed, and the twenty artists who are part of this exhibition. She feels there is something in their work, which has an element of the idea of disclosure or non-disclosure. She said, "the artists have been selected for their commitment to excellence and their daring to explore new fields of practice and artistic vision, these artists both inform and redefine contemporary indigenous art as we presently know it."
Alick Tipoti - Kala Lagaw Ya people Koedal Baydham Adhaz Parw (Crocodile Shark) mask 2010 Cassowary fibreglass, synthetic polymer paint, feathers, feathers, raffia and seeds National Gallery of Australia, Canberra purchased 2010 Photographs by Sam Noonan, courtesy of Samstag Museum of Art
Lane says, "the second Triennial carries forward and reminds audiences that Indigenous art is always contemporary and that Indigenous artists continue to provide a voice and visibility for Indigenous Australians."
The exhibition unDisclosed: 2nd National Indigenous Art Triennial is open now and will continue to be open until Friday, 5 July 2013.
Audio visual display Photograph by Sam Noonan, courtesy Samstag Museum of Art.
The Samstag Museum, in conjunction with the Come Out Festival 2013 exhibition is also inviting everyone to bring along their family and friends for an afternoon of Indigenous art and Culture being held at the Samstag Museum.
The program will include:
Uncle Lewis O'Brien's welcome to country.
Floor talks from unDisclosed exhibition curator Carly Lane and South Australian artist, Nici Cumpston.
Musical performance by Nancy Bates "one of the most dynamic Indigenous performers to emerge out of SA."
RSVP to the Cultural afternoon at City West
Where: Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art
University of South Australia, City West Campus, 55 North Terrace, Adelaide.
Telephone: 8302 0870
FREE - ALL WELCOME
Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Hawke Building, City West Campus