Exhibition floor talk: Saturday 16 April at 3pm

Ace Bourke will talk on his selection of contemporary Indian paintings reflecting the themes and rhythms in the tribal art of the Warli of Maharashtra and Jangarh Singh Shyam in Madhya Pradesh, and in the art of the Khovar, Sohrae and Madhubani village folk artists of Bihar.

Ace’s travels to India in the 1980s and 1990s included staging in New Delhi an exhibition of Papunya paintings at the Lalit Kala Akedemi in 1987, and an artists’ cultural exchange at the National Crafts Museum in 1999. He was struck by the parallels between the complex world of Indian tribal and village art and Australian Aboriginal Art. Common claims and counter-claims are made about transferring traditional imagery to contemporary mediums and the struggle to participate equally in the market place.

About Ace Bourke:
Ace’s curatorial interest is re-presenting Australian foundational narratives through the perspectives of Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists. He staged several important national and international exhibitions of Aboriginal art in the 1980s and 1990s. Ace’s recent innovative curatorship has evolved from his synthesis of family, Indigenous and national narratives in a series of exhibitions at Sydney museums. Recently, Ace Bourke’s co-authored book, A Lion Called Christian written in 1970 (at the age of 24) was republished worldwide and he is again immersing himself in wildlife and conservation projects.