Big Weather at the Ian Potter Centre, Melbourne
If our modern lifestyles sometimes only acknowledge weather as an afterthought, a new NGV exhibition brings a forceful reminder of just how central the environment is to Indigenous culture.
Big Weather taps into many generations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists sharing their insight into the weather systems from their country, with a wide variety of interpretations along the way. Ranging from detailed painting and photography to woven shields and headdresses, these pieces take direct inspiration from rain, hail and other organic phenomena to observe how change impacts our daily lives. And, in light of climate change, our increasingly perilous future.
Drawing from across the NGV Indigenous Collection, the exhibition runs until February next year, with highlights including Thunderman raining down by Yolngu artist Nonggirrnga Marawilli and a new commission created in response to the Black Summer bushfires by Yorta Yorta artist Treahna Hamm. Weaving and sculpture are incorporated as well, with materials ranging from stringybark to inkjet prints.
Stories of animals and fishing are represented alongside land and sky, with powerful statements about the relationship to the natural world that feel more timely than ever.
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