In 2020 Robert Fielding developed creative responses to the dissonance between the institutional knowledge held in ‘official’ archives and lived knowledge held in oral traditions. He has created a personal archive of histories and images connecting the Afghan pioneers, Anangu culture, the stolen generation, environmental changes and the ongoing process of land theft and oppression. Ngananya is the first body of work presented as part of this research.
26 November 2020
Photo: Ngananya 1, 2020, screen print on cotton rag, edition of 10 + 1AP, 59 x 42cm, photographer Meg Hansen
In partnership with the Art Gallery of South Australia, the APY Art Centre Collective has curated this powerful exhibition of new works by artists from the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands in South Australia. The exhibition showcases important paintings and photographs along with an installation of spears and tools in wood and cast bronze.
With the involvement of thirty-four artists from APY art centres, the exhibition presents a rare opportunity for European audiences to experience the creative scope, adaptive genius and artistic dynamism of Anangu culture today.
Musée des beaux-arts de Rennes, France
16 October 2020
Wirura kanyini, meaning ‘well looked after’, is a video work in three parts by artist Robert Fielding that explores the storylines of past, present and future Mimili Community, which is located in the remote APY Lands in South Australia.
Art Gallery of New South Wales
13 July 2020
Photo: Robert Fielding, Milpatjunanyi,
2020, single-channel digital video
Our late Elder and art centre director Kunmanara Williams was invited to participate in the Biennale of Sydney before his passing in March 2019. His vision for the exhibition was a large-scale political protest piece, working with the young men in Mimili to show to the world that Tjukurpa was still strong, that language was still alive, and that there was much left to learn from Anangu traditional owners.
12 March 2020
22nd Biennale of Sydney: NIRIN, Art Gallery of New South Wales
Photo: Kunmanara Mumu Mike Williams, Tuppy Ngintja Goodwin, Sammy Dodd and the artists of Mimili Maku Arts, Kulilaya munu nintiriwa (Listen and learn), 2020. Installation view for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney (2020), Art Gallery of New South Wales. Commissioned by the Biennale of Sydney with generous assistance from Australia Council for the Arts and Fondation Opale.
This show focuses on the exciting new work by the next generation working at Mimili Maku Arts, as well as collaborative pieces.
12 March 2020
Short St Gallery
Photo: Emma Singer, Kapi, 2019
Acrylic on linen