Yalingwa: A Lightness of Spirit Is the Measure of Happiness
A new exhibition at the Australian Centre of Contemporary Art (ACCA) celebrates the “significance of family, community and humour” in contemporary Aboriginal life.
A Lightness of Spirit is the Measure of Happiness, curated by Hannah Presley, features 10 new commissions by artists from south-east Australia and beyond that explore Aboriginal life in modern Australia.
These include new watercolours from Benita Clements, the daughter of artist Gwenda Namatjira and great-granddaughter of Albert Namatjira; soundscapes from Vicki Couzens, a Gunditjmara and Keerray Woorroong artist from the Western districts of Victoria; bold work from Peter Waples-Crowe exploring his emerging role as a queer elder in the Aboriginal community; and an installation from Jonathan Jones, a member of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations of south-east Australia, that celebrates a native, seed-eating parrot.
Other disciplines on display include the screening of an Indigenous take on the spaghetti western, weaving, gift-making and portraits of famous entertainers.
The exhibition is the first for Yalingwa, a Victorian Government initiative designed to support the development of outstanding contemporary Indigenous art and curatorial practice, with a focus on south-east Australian First Nations artists in a national context. Part of the initiative’s remit is to focus on contemporary Indigenous artists.
At the opening of the exhibition on Friday July 6, a one-year artist fellowship of $60,000 will be announced for senior south-east Australian First Nations artists who have made an important contribution to the development of Indigenous cultural expression.
This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with ACCA.