WAITING FOR ALLIGATOR

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 22.09.16

A play less like Samuel Beckett's could hardly be imagined. But like 'Godot', we do spend a good part of 'The Drover's Wife' waiting for, but never meeting Alligator, the legendary dog in the Henry Lawson story that gave Leah Purcell's play its title. We even get the Lawson story told by Purcell – also playing the lead, Molly, the drover's wife – all done and dusted in a minute and bowdlerised in order to transform the heroism of both wife and dog in the original into a morality against the cheating ways of itinerant Aboriginal labour. For Molly is unburdening herself of all her instinctive 1893 prejudices against Yadaka (whom she insists on simply calling Black), offering himself to her as itinerant Aboriginal labour. And is he itinerant! Yadaka claims to be of Guugu Yimithirr stock (sometimes called Koko Imudji) from eastern Cape York, who'd run away with a circus, been dumped in Melbourne, been taken in and educated by a priest and latterly adopted by the local Ngambri Walgulu tribe whose Country stretched from Canberra south through the Snowies where Molly awaits her Drover husband's return almost as far as Mt Jagungal. There's violence in the district (and on stage) – another lonely drover's wife and family have been murdered - and Yadaka may be responsible. Certainly the troopers have arrested him on a suspicion that will almost certainly end in his death, and he's escaped. Yet the arrival of more itinerants – all white and offering only an utterly malign version of mateship; clearly more evil than Yadaka, who has proved his morality to Molly's teenage boy, Danny by chiding him for his lack of respect for his absent Dad – tests the odd couple's slowly growing loyalty to each other. Despite her omnipresent rifle, it surely» Read More

 

CLINTON NAIN : PASSIVE - AGGRESSIVE DREAM

CLINTON NAIN : PASSIVE - AGGRESSIVE DREAM

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.09.16

Clinton Nain is a shape-shifter. Predictability isn't something you should expect from an artist who has been identified closely with the Torres Strait despite being born in Melbourne of mixed Ku-Ku Aboriginal, Meriam Mer, Danish and Irish ancestry and trained...» Read More

 

PARRTJIMA – TELLING STORIES THROUGH LIGHT

PARRTJIMA – TELLING STORIES THROUGH LIGHT

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.09.16

The success that has been the Vivid light festival in Sydney is about to go bush; two and a half kilometres of the West MacDonnell Ranges outside Alice Springs will light up for 2 weeks from Friday. And, just as...» Read More

 

Edward Albee, Art Collector

Edward Albee, Art Collector

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 18.09.16

News from America that Edward Albee, one the 20th Century's greatest playwrights, has died aged 88. I had the good fortune to meet him six years ago and talk to him - not about playwrighting - but about his art...» Read More

 

SKIN & BONES MAP THE GARDEN PALACE

SKIN & BONES MAP THE GARDEN PALACE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 16.09.16

Fourteen thousand (or is it fifteen thousand) white gypsum shields litter Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden for the next two and a half weeks. When seen them from the air, the perimeter of the once-upon-a-time Garden Palace can be seen –...» Read More

 

DESERT MOBBED

DESERT MOBBED

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 15.09.16

Author: Jeremy Eccles Why have I never been before??? I've experienced both the NATSIAAs/Telstras in Darwin frequently and CIAF in Cairns occasionally – both important gatherings of the Indigenous art clans, where new art is seen and sold, where remote...» Read More

 

Goulburn Art Gallery is Speaking Colours

Goulburn Art Gallery is Speaking Colours

Posted by Aboriginal Art Directory | 15.09.16

While English has become the first language of many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, it is far from being the only language used. A new exhibition opening this Saturday called Speaking Colours attempts to highlight how these different languages...» Read More

 

SCHOLL'S WOMEN

SCHOLL'S WOMEN

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.09.16

America continues to be challenged and delighted by Aboriginal art in ways we've forgotten in Australia – and once again it's the Debra and Dennis Scholl Collection that's setting the pace. After their 8-man show set out from Reno, Nevada...» Read More

 

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Industry Corner: Event

PARRTJIMA – TELLING STORIES THROUGH LIGHT

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 20.09.16

The success that has been the Vivid light festival in Sydney is about to go bush; two and a half kilometres of the West MacDonnell Ranges outside Alice Springs will light up for 2 weeks from Friday. And, just as...» Read More

Industry Corner: Exhibition

SKIN & BONES MAP THE GARDEN PALACE

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 16.09.16

Fourteen thousand (or is it fifteen thousand) white gypsum shields litter Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden for the next two and a half weeks. When seen them from the air, the perimeter of the once-upon-a-time Garden Palace can be seen –...» Read More

Events: Event

LOTS HAPPENING

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 04.09.15

So much news to share with you, I'm having to collate it all into a single story: 1. The Istanbul Biennial is about to hit the headlines as Sydney's last Biennale did – with action by the artists involved in...» Read More

Events: Event

Details of Exciting New Tarnanthi Festival

Posted by Jeremy Eccles | 25.08.15

More than 300 artists from across Australia will showcase work in TARNANTHI (pronounced TAR-nan-dee), the inaugural Festival of Contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art, right across Adelaide from 8 -18 October - with exhibitions continuing at the SA Art...» Read More

 

 


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