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Artworks by Theo Hudson NANGALA, Geraldine Granites NAPANGARDI, Elizabeth MBITJANA, Elizabeth Katakarinja NAPALJARRI and Barney Campbell TJAKAMARRA.
We have chosen to show a selection of Australian Aboriginal artists, in collaboration with the great current specialist Stéphane Jacob, who has been advising the Musée du Quai Branly in Paris and the Musée des Confluences in Lyon for several decades.
Contemporary Aboriginal art draws its inspiration from this still vivid memory of the creation of Australia, known as the "Time of Dreams" - a set of shared myths despite great cultural diversity (before colonisation, there were about 250 Aboriginal language groups and nearly 600 dialects) by all the Aborigines and evoking the appearance of Great Ancestors ("Lightning Spirits", demigods, animals, even plants) who came out of the original magma to shape the continent in their image, give birth to tribes, establish laws and social and religious customs.
Depending on the region, the stylistic characteristics and techniques differ: the participants in a ceremony may also erect totems representing their great ancestors, or reproduce ritual or clan motifs on bark and cover their bodies with sacred, essentially abstract motifs.
Between primitive art and contemporary art, this selection of 10 works is a perfect introduction to this abstract art from the world's end.
IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE GALERIE ARTS D'AUSTRALIE - STÉPHANE JACOB