mina lakapawa

Highly regarded Tasmanian artist Vicki West of the trawlwoolway people continues her deeply rooted cultural exploration through an immersive installation at Adelaide Central School of Art.

 

To be opened by
Nici Cumpston
Artistic Director
TARNANTHI | Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art
Tuesday 13 October 2015
6pm - 8pm

Exhibition concludes 30 October 2015.

 

Working with kalikina (bull kelp, Durvillaea potatorum) – a ‘metaphor of survival’ for West – West explores concepts of ecology, environment and cultural connection to Country. This extraordinary work, created in the Gallery by West, will transport the audience through multi-sensory experiences of sound, light, projection and woven sculpture. 

West states ‘mina lakapawa has been created to honour my ancestors who nurtured, cared and fought for the country they lived in unison with. It also honours the continuing culture warriors caring and fighting for country today.’ 

TARNANTHI is presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia in partnership with BHP Billiton and supported by the Government of South Australia. Adelaide Central School of Art is proud to be a partner in this remarkable festival, the first of its kind in Australia, positioning South Australia as the international hub for Aboriginal visual art.

 

For more information regarding TARNANTHI, navigate to www.tarnanthi.com.au and sign up for enews for more details.

 

Vicki West quotes excerpted from mina lakapawa, Artist Statement, 2015. West is represented by Vivien Anderson Gallery, Melbourne. For enquiries about her work please click here to navigate to the Vivien Anderson Gallery webpage.

 

mina lakapawa is supported by TARNANTHI | Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia in partnership with BHP Billiton and supported by the Government of South Australia. 

 

detail: Vicki West, born 1960, Launceston, Tasmania, trawlwoolway people, Tasmania, Plamtenner/gathering, 2013, Launceston, Tasmania, bull kelp, kangaroo skin, wallaby skins, tea-tree, string. Installation view, string theory: Focus on contemporary Australia art, Museum of Contemporary Art, 2013. Image courtesy the artist, Vivien Anderson Gallery and Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. photo: Alex Davies