International collaboration to put TARNANTHI on global stage

Art Gallery of South Australia gives Aboriginal barks the spotlight through collaborations with a world-class American Collection and the MCA.
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Noŋgirrŋa Marawili in front of her monumental Lightning  barks at the opening of TARNANTHI 2017; image credit Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre

While artists and audiences were enjoying last month’s opening festivities of the TARNANTHI exhibition at the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA), there was another layer of activity going on behind closed doors – one that was equally important to growing the legacy of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island artists.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina