The Importance of Indigenous Knowledge

Cultural knowledge of weather systems helps us to understand our diverse ecosystems and the cyclical nature of our country’s unique landscape, which is essential for our future survival.

Recognising the sophisticated appreciation of weather systems within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge, the works on display in Big Weather showcase how artists from diverse Indigenous communities hold this knowledge in art.

Almost eighteen months on from the devastating bushfires that heavily impacted various regions of the country over the summer of 2019 – 2020, NGV curator Hannah Presley speaks with exhibiting artist Clinton Naina, artist and curator Kent Morris, along with researcher Zena Cumpston, about the importance of cultural leadership and generational knowledge in facing the challenges of climate change.

Presented as part of Reconciliation Week.

Myles Russell-Cook, Curator, Indigenous Art, NGV

Clinton Naina, artist
Zena Cumpston, researcher, writer, consultant & guest curator on ‘Emu Sky’, Science Gallery Melbourne
Kent Morris, artist and curator

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