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Art and Soul: Dreams and Nightmares

Year: 2010, 56 mins
Code: AB-Art2

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Hetti Perkins, senior curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, shares her knowledge of - and passion for - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

As we criss-cross the land with her, meeting artists remote, rural and urban, she shares her insights and feelings about them and their extraordinary art. She encourages the artists to tell the stories behind their artworks. Her journey enhances our knowledge and appreciation of Aboriginal art, encourages us to see the world from an Aboriginal perspective and, ultimately, gives us a richer understanding of Aboriginal culture.

Episode 1 - Home and Away 
What does it mean to be 'at home' for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people? Is it where you live, or the 'country' you are exiled from? Watch 

Episode 2 - Dreams and Nightmares 
From the 'dreaming' to the unsettling nightmare of colonisation, what is the role of memory, dreams and the spirit world in Aboriginal art? 

Episode 3 - Bitter and Sweet 
How does the startling beauty - and humour - of Aboriginal art intertwine with reverberations of the past and our present? Watch 

 

Hetti Perkins, senior curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, shares her knowledge of - and passion for - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art.

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