Meryl McMaster and James Tylor
Aski Earth Terre Yarta
Due to COVID-19 restrictions ACP is currently closed to the public. However, Aski Earth Terre Yarta can be viewed online in full here.
In Aski Earth Terre Yarta two Indigenous artists, one Canadian and the other Australian, communicate their connection to Country, aski and yarta respectively, and the influences of European colonisation. Over 2018 and 2019, Meryl McMaster and James Tylor were ‘In dialogue’ exchanging their views on their contemporary experience of place, and an arts practice that responds to diverse heritages and histories.
The images in As immense as the sky collapse time into the present. The stories of kayas (long ago) and the foreboding whispers of the future intertwine my body with the land, in the hope that we all maintain a long-term ecological equilibrium with the world around us.
Meryl McMaster looks to the past to form a fuller understanding of the present. Her performance-based photography reveals the contradictions and conflicts of her heritage (her father is Plains Cree and her mother British and Dutch). McMaster’s images hold moments of introspection and contemplation that question personal and collective identity.
My Nunga Kaurna family has been in the region of South Australia for 65,000–80,000 years and has a rich cultural connection to this land. It is a great honour for me as a Kaurna person to learn, practice and walk in my ancestors’ footsteps.