Damien Shen, James Tylor to focus on cultural identity in Coorong Indigenous art workshops

There is plenty going on in the world of local Aboriginal art.

Indigenous artists from the Coorong region will be encouraged to create work which expresses their cultural identity through a series of workshops over the coming months.

Photographers Damien Shen – known in the Murraylands for his exhibition “On the Fabric of the Ngarrindjeri Body” and work with silo artist Guido Van Helten – and James Tylor have won $17,000 funding from Country Arts SA, which will enable them to offer several workshops.

The work created will be shown at Ninkowar, Murray Bridge in October, during the Tarnanthi Festival of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Contemporary Art.

Also on show will be an exhibition led by Major “Moogy” Sumner, who will teach six artists how to make a traditional fixative from beeswax and tree resin, then use it to make hunting tools.

Kaiki and Taralyi will be its name, from words for reed spear and throwing stick.

A multimedia installation will also feature.

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