“Us young women here in Indulkana love to dance and have fun and make each other laugh,” says Kaylene Whiskey. “We’re proud to live on our land and hold on to our culture and our language.”
The beloved Pitjantjatjara artist from Indulkana, a remote Aboriginal community in South Australia, is speaking of the cross-generational film she made with fellow Anangu artists, Kungka Kuṉpu. It means ‘strong women’, and is showing in an exhibition of the same name that has travelled from the Art Gallery of South Australia to Geelong Gallery in Victoria.
Kungka Kuṉpu (Strong Women) is vast in scale, with major contemporary works from over 60 Anangu women artists, including Angkuna Baker, Kunmanara (Wawiriya) Burton, Nyunmiti Burton, Mrs Kaika Burton, Sylvia Ken, Kunmanara (Militjari) Pumani, Rhoda Tjitayi, Tjanpi Desert Weavers, Yaritji Tingila Young, and of course Kaylene Whiskey.
The works span painting, weaving, sculptural installation, and the moving image. The women exhibiting tell their stories and those of their ancestors, with the story of the Seven Sisters featuring prominently throughout.
“The Seven Sisters story has always been important for Anangu women and it is more important today than ever before,” says artist Nyunmiti Burton. “This is the power of women leaders. We can make all the women coming behind us fly.”
View, in pictures, the stories of these Kungka Kuṉpu.
10 regional shows to see this summer
From an intriguing exhibition on baroque masters to a show ostensibly all about dogs, here’s our curated list of regional offerings to see throughout the country this summer.
It’s a Horror Show
Horror is where the marginalised can see themselves—as a horror-themed exhibition at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art reveals.
Unboxing the cultural impact of sneakers
Sneakers are a cultural phenomenon made up of paradoxes. Some see them as an accessible and inclusive force in fashion that serve as an outlet of self-expression for many; yet to others they are a symbol of out-of-control consumerism. Two Queensland exhibitions are embracing these dualities, though from contrasting angles: Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street at HOTA on the Gold Coast, and Torsion at Brisbane’s Metro Arts.
Where are textiles heading next? New Exuberance finds out
New Exuberance at Benalla Art Gallery centres how textiles permeate our lives, from clothing to design to art. Encompassing fashion house collaborations to First Nations cultural practices, the show canvasses textile practices today—and where they’re heading next.
Women In Still Life
As representations of contemporary life, especially the domestic and intimate, continue to be meaningful, the still life genre endures—as 16 women artists attest in a new show at Bett Gallery.
Doing it the Womanifesto way
The grassroots women’s art collective Womanifesto, which formed in Thailand in 1995, did not shut down with the rest of the world in 2020. Instead, it adapted, and now the works made by the Sydney contingent during that time are showing at 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art.