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Australia’s First Nations people are the oldest continuous culture on earth, having inhabited Australia for over 65,000 years. Australia is committed to sharing their stories and art with the world, and works to elevate the perspectives of our First Nations people – Australia’s first diplomats – to enable deeper engagement with partners.
Jarracharra is an exhibition of screen-printed textiles created by female First Nations artists from the Babbarra Women’s Centre, located in Arnhem Land in Australia’s Northern Territory. Their work pushes artistic barriers to depict ancient narratives through contemporary mediums. Jarracharra is the powerful cool wind that blows across Arnhem Land each dry season, signifying the beginning of a period of exchange between clans and an annual ceremonial coming together.
Artists from the Babbarra Women’s Centre visited the Tharangini studio in Bengaluru to collaborate and co-create printed textiles that combine traditional Indian woodblock carving with Indigenous Australian designs. These are also on display.
India is the Jarracharra exhibition’s eighth stop on its world tour, having been exhibited in Paris, Brussels, Athens, Spain, Berlin, Dubai and Kuwait. Before coming to Bengaluru, it was showcased in Kolkata, Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai.