We Are Tiwi

Delores Orsto, Jilamara Design, 2013
Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection
400 Worrell Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Region Central Virginia
Locality Albemarle
Friday, May 30, 2014 - Sunday, August 24, 2014
Phone: (434) 244-0234
Website www.kluge-ruhe.org

This group exhibition brings together artists from Jilamara Arts and Crafts and Munupi Arts and Crafts, two art centers located roughly sixty miles north of Darwin off the northern coast of Australia. The carved and painted Pukumani poles from the forests of Bathurst and Melville Islands – the land of the Tiwi people – have inspired international collectors, curators and artists for a century or more.

Tiwi culture, history and traditional stories are vividly expressed through lines, patterns and colors, in carvings and in their contemporary paintings, prints on paper and fabric, and pottery. For the Tiwi, the art of body painting design, or jilamara, for important ceremonies has been practiced for thousands of years. Ochres are collected and used to adorn the body for Pukumani (funeral) and Kulama (initiation/yam) ceremonies. Artists on the Tiwi Islands predominantly use natural ochres to honor and perpetuate their traditional culture, an intrinsic part of Tiwi life.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with Harvey Art Projects USA. 

Last Updated: 6/23/2014 11:45 AM
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