THE KANPI CAR SHOW : an exhibition of special works by the Baker family of the APY Lands’ Kanpi community to raise funds for a ceremonial car
McCulloch & McCulloch @ SALT CONTEMPORARY, Queenscliff. 33-35 Hesse Street, Queenscliff VIC 3225. In partnership with Tjungu Palya
Exhibition runs MARCH 5-25
OPENING WEEKEND MARCH 10 & 11. Saturday March 10: Artists in conversation with Susan McCulloch OAM 5 pm. Opening drinks 6 pm. Sunday March 11:Curators Floor Talk 3 pm
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‘One really important reason to have a vehicle is to visit special places. We have really strong connections to the land and certain places in particular. These places have stories and those stories are who we are, they belong to us and we belong to them. Without that, we don’t exist. These places aren’t really in the community; they are outside, special places in country. We need to travel there by car.’ Kani Patricia Tunkin, February 2012.
Kani Patricia Tunkin is 32 and one of the rising star artists of the arts centre Tjungu Palya – the work of whose artists are featured in leading exhibitions and represented in major collections Australia-wide.
Now Tunkin and eight other relatives of the tiny Indigenous-owned Pitjantjatjara homeland community of Kanpi in South Australia’s far north-west have created a group of very special works. Their aim is to raise funds to purchase a top-range 4WD for dedicated use for travel to ceremonies, to creation sites to reinforce culture by recording stories through painting and for sorry business.
All members of an extended family, the artists – Marita Baker, Kaye Baker, Ruth Fatt, David Miller, Teresa Baker, Milpati Baker, Maureen Baker, Kani Patricia Tunkin and Anton Baker – work with Tjungu Palya, based at Nyapari, 15 km from their tiny community.
These large, glowing works are redolent with narrative power, brilliant detail and luminous colouration. Artists are putting all their returns from sales towards the car purchase and the entire proceeds of the silent auction of one work will be donated, along with other fundraising iniatives. As Kani Tunkin says: ‘When we go to these places, it feels right. When families go together, we talk the whole time about Tjukurpa and family. The kids are always listening, learning a little bit at a time. It’s a different kind of learning to school but just as important for Anangu (our people).’
Works can be viewed online @ http://www.mcculloch.com.au