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Saltwater Country at Gold Coast Arts Centre
19 Jul - 31 Aug, 2014
By Benjamen Judd
We are incredibly excited to share the latest exhibition now showing until August 31 at the Gold Coast Arts Centre, Saltwater Country. A collection of work from sixteen contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists from various parts of Queensland, Saltwater Country looks at the at both the modern and ancestral relationship that Indigenous groups have with the land and seas of Australia.
The term ‘country’ has come to be understood as an all-encompassing word in English to explain the intrinsic nature of Aboriginal culture and creative expression as a reflection of the connectedness to land and place of birth. What is less understood is the equally strong cultural connectedness to the sea and water’s edge.
Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art practice is notably different from the contemporary painting movement that has emerged from the Western Desert. This exhibition seeks to capture that distinctive cultural and creative experience as artists reclaim histories, investigate their pasts and establish new ways of caring for country and community through their artistic practice.
Saltwater Country is now showing at the Gold Coast Arts Centre until August 31.