NGANAMPA KILILPIL 2016
15 October - 11 December 2016
Nganampa Kililpil: Our Stars is the first major survey exhibition from the artists of the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunyjatjara (APY) Lands of central Australia - a partnership project between Hazelhurst Regional Gallery & Arts Centre and APY Lands artists and Art Centres.
Bringing together more than 100 artists from across the Lands, the exhibition is an important opportunity for the region to speak as a whole and to share unique cultural and artistic traditions. The richly coloured, dynamic and powerful works articulate the central themes of Tjukurpa (Law), Ngura (Country), and Inma (ceremony), telling of Anangu creation stories, the landscape and its important sites.
Featuring over 70 works from public and private collections across the country, Nganampa Kililpil: Our Stars became the catalyst for four major collaborative works that, for the first time, saw artists from across the APY Lands working together on large scale single works. At the heart of the works is the coming together of the artists as a family and sharing of knowledge and culture from one generation to the next as senior artists worked alongside younger and emerging artists, teaching them the stories and associated imagery.
Many of the well known artists from this region are senior members of their communities – important law men and women who are custodians to the many stories and songlines that traverse the desert regions and their ancestral homelands. As an Anangu person gains age, knowledge and responsibility, they gain authority to paint increasingly complex and meaningful interpretations of subjects including their Country and surrounding sites (including their mother’s and father’s country), ancestral stories, various themes associated with native wildlife, and more. Art is an important locus for younger generations to learn these traditions and laws, and for the sharing and transfer of knowledge. Each art centre has a range of people working at the art centre – from the senior and established artist to the young and emerging.
Notes on Language
Anangu is the Pitjantjatjara word for an Aboriginal person. Pitjantjatjara and Yankunyjatjara are Western Desert language groups. When an Anangu person dies, their first name is not used for a certain period of time in respect to the family, and is replaced with the word Kunmanara. Permission has been granted for this exhibition to refer to first names for the identification of artists.
Some pronunciations: Nganampa: Nan-um-pa; Kililpil: Kill-ill-pill; Anangu: Arn-ang-oo; Pitjantjatjara: Pigeon-jarrah; Yankunyjatjara: Young-kun-jarrah; Ngaanyatjarra: Naanat-jarrah; Tjanpi: Jumpy. For more Anangu words in Pitjantjatjara, see the Glossary.