Image: Yvonne KOOLMATRIE, Ngarrindjeri people, born 1944, Eel traps, 2008, woven sedge, 235.0 x 44.0 x 8.0 cm and 152.0 x 39.0 x 8.0 cm, University of South Australia Art Collection, image courtesy Samstag Museum of Art.

RIVERLAND: YVONNE KOOLMATRIE 
Now showing until 10 January 2016
Galleries 9, 10 & 11
Free Admission


TARNANTHI | Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art

One of the highlights of TARNANTHI is the comprehensive survey exhibition of master Ngarrindjeri weaver, and internationally esteemed artist, Yvonne Koolmatrie.

Embedded in the traditions of Ngarrindjeri culture and animated by her boundless imagination, Koolmatrie’s elegant woven forms are created using the labour intensive process of hand harvested river sedge from the banks of the Murray River. Suspended eel traps will launch visitors on an immersive journey through a remarkable artistic practice spanning three decades and featuring over sixty works of art, including iconic works from institutions across the country and newly commissioned work.

The RIVERLAND curatorial team comprises TARNANTHI Artistic Director Nici Cumpston, curator and writer Hetti Perkins, and artist and curator Jonathan Jones, with the exhibition developed in close consultation with Koolmatrie. All of these voices are heard in the lavishly illustrated publication which is edited by Genevieve O'Callaghan, and includes extensive interviews with the artist.
 

Image: Yvonne Koolmatrie, Ngarrindjeri people, born 1944, Eel traps, 2008, woven sedge, 235.0 x 44.0 x 8.0 cm and 152.0 x 39.0 x 8.0 cm, University of South Australia Art Collection, image courtesy Samstag Museum of Art.

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