Tjanyalpa Kalala Ala Nyaratja (The Bright Lights Over There)
41cm x 61cm
acrylic on canvas
“When I was little we used to do a lot of walking; we’d camp along the way to different countries. My dad was using a tjuki (digging stick) every day to help us find water. I know this country, like the way the old people that passed away before us knew it. I worked for many years teaching important stories about my country at Uluru. I met people from all over the world, and worked with park rangers and other Anangu too; everybody together. A few years ago I went to Parliament House in Canberra for a special inma (ceremonial performance.)”
Iwantja Arts represents the art of the Anangu women of the Indulkana community on the remote APY Lands.
The Iwantja Arts artists have extensive artistic practices and have work held in collections both nationally and internationally. These works present a culmination of considered imagery and mark making that reflects an understanding of history and place, imbued with the dynamic storytelling and painting language of each artist.
The Indulkana community is situated close to the Stuart highway in the northern region of South Australia, it was established in the nineteen fifties to accommodate Anangu peoples returning to their homeland after years of employment and settlement on neighbouring cattle stations. The Iwantja Art Centre was formed by the artists in the mid nineteen seventies as a response to community need for a collaborative cultural and artistic studio.