Auslan Tour: Marking Time

Sun 19 Apr, 1.30pm

Free entry

NGV Australia, Federation Square

Guides Tour Meeting Point, Ground level
Ground Level

Booking is not required.

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Join artist, Elizabeth Reed, for a tour in Auslan of exhibition highlights.No English translation provided.

In Indigenous Australia, permanent and impermanent ochre drawings and incised markings occupy the surfaces of rock faces, ground and body. This exhibition shows that this ephemerality can be counteracted by the inventions of Indigenous artists who reimagine a recovered and regenerated visual language and thus present new forms of aesthetic durability. For instance, ochre images that stain the rock escarpment of Western Arnhem Land have been re-imagined on bark or in sculpture. Artists of the Western Desert transfer designs from the ceremonial ground and body to the wider world of circulating images on gallery walls. Reko Rennie and Brook Andrew translate incisions on carved trees or shields into bold neon icons, whereas Josh Muir and Hannah Brontë use video art to communicate voices of dissent, create dialogue between groups and to effect change.

Access Marking Time NGV Australia, Federation Square