V I V I D | paintings from the APY lands
The Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yunkunytjatjara (APY) Lands is a vast area located in remote South Australia, near the tri-state border with the Northern Territory and Western Australia, covering over 103,000 square kilometers. The Lands are owned and maintained by the Ngaanyatjarra, Pitjantjatjara, and Yankunytjatjara people of the Central and Western Desert, the Anangu. Anangu share many things, including language, Tjukurpa (Law and tradition), complex knowledge of Country and its sacred sites, as well as a common history of unbroken connection to the land.
For many people living in the desert, history and the basic laws for human existence are largely written in the land, making place a vital part of Aboriginal desert culture. This history and extensive knowledge of Country is passed on from generation to generation as Tjukurpa, the Pitjantjatjara word for the overarching laws and stories that encompass the worldview of the Anangu. Many of these stories are recorded and explored orally and through inma (ceremony), as well as in painting and other creative mediums.
The works in VIVID highlight senior artists from all seven artistic centers, including (starting from the west) Ninuku Arts at Kalka, Tjungu Palya at Nyapari, Tjala Arts at Amata, Ernabella Arts at Pukatja, Kaltjiti Arts at Fregon, Mimili Maku at Mimili and Iwantja Arts at Indulkana. These art centres are 100% Anangu owned and operated. They provide a community hub, a place for sharing and passing down of culture and knowledge from one generation to the next, support of cultural practices, the ethical production and sale of the artists works, and a platform for artists to be positioned within the Australian and international art movements. Harvey Art Projects is thrilled bring this major exhibition together for the first time in the USA.