The Yin and Yang of Aboriginal Art

What a 60,000 year old concept on kinship is teaching contemporary art.

This weekend, the fourth edition of the Tarnanthi Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Art opens across multiple Adelaide venues. The Festival – with its signature exhibition presented by the Art Gallery of South Australia (AGSA) – has quickly garnered a reputation for long-track projects and new commissions that dig deep into the histories, the lore and the politics of art being produced on Country.  

Led by Artistic Director Nici Cumpston, AGSA’s Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, this year’s Tarnanthi program continues to be ambitious.

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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