• Rusty Peters, Smoke Dreaming, 2008, natural pigments and acrylic binder on canvas, 150 x 180 cm. © Courtesy the artist and Warmun Art Centre, WA; and Short Street Gallery, Broome, WA

    Nyapanyapa Yunupingu, Mangutji #6 with square, 2010, natural pigments on bark, 93 x 80cm. Private collection, Melbourne. © Courtesy the artist and Buku Larrnggay Mulka Centre, Yirrkala, NT

    Ngarra, Katcha, 2006, synthetic polymer paint on paper, 50 x 70 cm (sheet). © Courtesy Ngarra Estate and Mossenson Galleries, Perth

  • The world is not a foreign land

    An Ian Potter Museum of Art and NETS Victoria touring exhibition

    Thursday 6 Mar 2014 to Sunday 6 Jul 2014
    Guest curator: Quentin Sprague

    The world is not a foreign land brings together work by Timothy Cook, Djambawa Marawili, Ngarra, Rusty Peters, Freda Warlapinni and Nyapanyapa Yunupingu. Crossing three geographically and culturally distinct regions—the Tiwi Islands, the Kimberley, and North-eastern Arnhem Land—each artist presents sometimes strikingly different perspectives on what constitutes Indigenous contemporary art. However, seen together, their work also reveals a series of productive and meaningful relationships; a network of connections that ask audiences to reconsider how certain objects and, by extension, certain practices, might relate beyond the confines of existing categories.

    The Potter’s partnership with NETS, along with the substantial and generous support of the Australia Council’s Visions of Australia and the Contemporary Touring Initiative, enables The world is not a foreign land to travel to Drill Hall Gallery at the Australian National University, Canberra; Cairns Regional Gallery, Qld; Tweed Regional Gallery, Murwillumbah NSW; Flinders University Art Museum, Adelaide and Latrobe Regional Gallery, Morwell, Vic. in 2014–2016.

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