Tjanpi at the 2015 Venice Biennale

Posted on Jun 16, 2015

Tjanpi Desert Weavers is delighted to announce that Kuka Irititja (Animals from Another Time), a collaborative work between Fiona Hall and Tjanpi Desert Weavers has been included in Fiona Hall’s exhibition, ‘Wrong Way Time’ at the 56th International Art Exhibition at the Venice Biennale 2015.

Rene at Venice

‘Wrong Way Time’ incorporates a group of works made by Fiona Hall and twelve women from the Central and Western Desert region of Australia—Roma Butler, Stacia Lewis, Rene Nelson, Takiriya Tjawina Roberts, Angkaliya Nelson, Sandra Peterman, Yangi Yangi Fox, Molly Miller, Nyanu Watson, Rene Kulitja, Niningka Lewis and Mary
Pan—as part of a project commissioned for the TarraWarra Biennial 2014: Whisper in My Mask, curated by Natalie King and Djon Mundine.

An artists’ camp was held for this collaborative project in June 2014 at a place near Pilakatilyuru (about thirty kilometres from the community of Wingellina in Western Australia, in the tri-state border region close to South Australia). The women collected local tjanpi (locally harvested wild grasses), while Fiona brought Australian and
British military garments. They used each other’s materials as well as incorporating found objects to create Kuka Irititja (Animals from Another Time), inspired by the plight of endangered species.

Extending Tjanpi Desert Weaver’s history of making animals in local grasses and other materials, and her own explorations about the effects of colonisation, Fiona suggested they work together to make endangered or extinct animals from the desert region. The women drew upon their intimate and intricate relationship with animals, embedded in the interrelatedness of people, place, story, ancestral and lived experience that they call Tjukurrpa (Dreaming), and arising from their knowledge of hunting, tracks and animal behaviour – including that of the predatory feral cat.

Wiru mulapa. Well done ladies!

Read more about this in an article recently published in the New York Times : Australian Politics at the Venice Biennale