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Empowering Fabrics – Aboriginal Printed Textiles From Australia’s Top End with Joanna Barrkman

Textile Arts Council hosts a presentation by Joanna Barrkman. She will describe how artists in remote Aboriginal Australian communities have embraced screen-printing on textiles as a contemporary art practice as they work in locally-owned and operated art centers on their traditional lands. Each art center has developed its own style of printed fabrics as well as distinctive approaches to printed fabric production and distribution. Over the past three decades, Indigenous Australian artists have taken command of textile printing designs and technology. This mastery of technique empowers artists and printers to confidently retell, transmit, revitalize and share ancient iconography, knowledge and connection to land, in contemporary and inventive ways. The screen-printed textiles featured in this presentation originate from five art centers including: Tiwi Design, Bathurst Island, Northern Territory Jilamara Arts and Crafts, Melville Island, Northern Territory Merrepen Arts, Nauiyu, Northern Territory Injalak Arts, Gunbalanya, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory Babbarra Women’s Centre, Maningrida, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory These textiles also demonstrate the resilience of Aboriginal Australian culture and the perseverance of Indigenous artists as they create extraordinary textile art in often harsh and remote environments using the simplest of facilities. Examples of printed textiles from public and private collections will be featured. Joanna Barrkman is the Senior Curator, Southeast Asia and Pacific Arts, Fowler Museum at UCLA. She has formerly held curatorial positions at Charles Darwin University (CDU) Art Collection and Art Gallery (Darwin), the National Gallery of Australia (Canberra) and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (Darwin).


deYoung Museum
Golden Gate Park, 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Drive
San Francisco, CA 94118 United States