art + soul

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DURATION: Series 1: 3 x 55 mins, Series 2: 3 x 55 mins

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art + soul


Senior curator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, Hetti Perkins generously shares her encyclopaedic knowledge of Aboriginal art - taking us into the homes and studios of artists in remote desert communities, the tropical top end and urban environments.

Directed and filmed by the 2009 Cannes Camera d'Or winner, Warwick Thornton (Samson & Delilah,) and produced by multi-award-winning producer Bridget Ikin (An Angel at My Table, Look Both Ways), this is the authoritative series on contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art, and the artists who create it.

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?
The episode explores diverse contemporary expressions of belonging and exile - from the desert outback to New York.

Episode 2 - dreams and nightmares
From the 'dreaming' - the creation era in which ancestral spirit beings shaped the land - 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
Startling beauty, biting political narrative and surprising humour. How do these themes of Aboriginal art intertwine with reverberations of the past and our present?


Bridget Ikin, Jo-anne McGowan
Hibiscus Films