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Mantanguru: From the Sand – Ernabella Arts Exhibition

Mantanguru: From the Sand - Ernabella Arts Exhibition

Nestled within the remote Musgrave Ranges of South Australia lies Ernabella Arts, the oldest independent contemporary art center in Australia. Despite its secluded location and travel challenges, Ernabella Arts continues to thrive, showcasing the timeless narratives of Anangu artists through its upcoming exhibition, “Mantanguru: From the Sand,” curated by Artitja Fine Art Gallery. Mantanguru: From the Sand – Ernabella Arts Exhibition

Artitja Fine Art Gallery Director, Anna Kanaris, recently ventured to Ernabella Arts and was captivated by the vibrant creative energy within the community. Reflecting on her experience, Kanaris emphasized the profound connection she felt while witnessing the artists at work, an experience she aims to honor in presenting their art respectfully and authentically.

“Mantanguru: From the Sand” marks the gallery’s third exhibition dedicated to Ernabella Art Centre in as many years. The exhibition will feature over 20 paintings and 14 ceramic vases, showcasing the mesmerizing narratives of renowned artists such as Freddy Ken and Rupert Jack, alongside the bold designs of Lexie Michael.

The artworks on display convey the rich cultural heritage and stories of the Anangu artists from Ernabella, situated in the Pitjantjatjara Lands southeast of Uluru. Originally established in 1948 as a craft studio specializing in woven fabrics and rugs, Ernabella Art Centre has evolved into a symbol of achievement and cultural pride.

“The artists have named the exhibition ‘Mantanguru,’ meaning ‘from the sand’ in Pitjantjatjara language, reflecting the traditional storytelling rooted in the land,” explained Kanaris.

“Mantanguru: From the Sand” invites the public to immerse themselves in the vibrant world of Anangu artistry, celebrating the resilience and creativity of Ernabella Arts. The exhibition opens on Saturday, March 9, 2024, at the Artitja Fine Art Gallery in South Fremantle, offering a glimpse into the timeless narratives woven into the sands of Australia’s remote heartland.

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Source: https://nit.com.au/04-02-2024/9595/mantanguru-set-to-be-showcased-in-fremantle

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