A group exhibition of recent paintings by Tjala Arts established and emerging artists.
The title of this group exhibition from Tjala Arts clearly states the centrality of culture to the artists’ art making practices. While each artist is free to express themselves individually, culture informs each artist’s composition and marks. Tjala artists’ unshakeable traditional culture can been seen in the shared aesthetic that sets Tjala Arts apart as one of Australia’s most significant art centres.
Few would dispute the importance of an Anangu person’s connection to Country and how that defines identity. However, it pays to pause and consider that the exhibition title is not just a celebration of cultural pride; it is a proclamation of the intrinsic nature of Culture to Anangu life. It constitutes their religion, law, politics, family life, identity and social cohesion.
Culture is enshrined in each and every painting that is created at Tjala Arts. It is there at the beginning, ‘up front’, and at the end of the creative process. Cultural integrity is the soul of Tjala’s art, and it is this quality that gives the work such a powerful aura.
Culture always has been, and always will be, part of Anangu life. It is here, and it is absolutely Now.