National Gallery of Victoria presents Living Water. Contemporary Art of the Far Western Desert

. September 4, 2012 . 0 Comments

National Gallery of Victoria presents Living Water. Contemporary Art of the Far Western Desert, an exhibition on view through 31 December, 2012.


Living Water National Gallery of Victoria

Living Water showcases 107 contemporary Indigenous paintings by 94 artists from the Felton Bequest Gift, displays works by male and female artists from the Far Western Desert, an area stretching across parts of Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

Aboriginal people from across the Western Desert use the term ‘living water’ to describe water sources, including rock holes and soakage waters that are fed by underground springs. The path of these springs was created by the ancestral beings of the Tjukurrpa (Dreaming) as they themselves journeyed underground, their entry into the earth often marking the site of current day water sources. ‘Living water’ is revered also because it does not seem to be affected by the harsh conditions above the ground that the people themselves have to endure.

This exhibition has been curated by Judith Ryan, Indigenous Art Curator, NGV. The following groups of people are represented in this spectacular exhibition.

For more information on NGV programs, please visit www.ngv.vic.gov.au

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