Anindilyakwa Arts is proud to have nine artists’ artworks and fashion collection pieces featured in this national exhibition showing at National Museum Australia (NMA). First showing at Bendigo Gallery from October 2020 – January 2021, Piinpi: Contemporary Indigenous Fashion will be showing at NMA until August 8 2021.
The exhibition is described by NMA as ‘a celebration of Indigenous art, history and culture through contemporary fashion and design. It brings together a selection of garments and textiles by First Nations designers and artists from around Australia.
‘Piinpi’ is an expression that Kanichi Thampanyu (First Nations people from the East Cape York Peninsula) use to describe changes in the landscape across time and space. For many First Nations people across Australia, knowledge of the land and seasons is culturally important. While the number of seasons can vary across many First Nations groups, the exhibition is themed around four widely recognised seasons.
Curated by Shonae Hobson at Bendigo Art Gallery, Piinpi highlights the strength and diversity of the rapidly expanding Indigenous fashion and textile industry.’ (National Museum Australia)
Contemporary fashion and textile design has become an important extension of the traditional practice of Warnumamalya artists, whose mission is to keep culture strong by embracing and teaching the old ways alongside the new. Speaking on the experience of creating these pieces and seeing them come to life, artist Annabell Amagula says ‘I feel happy and proud, it comes from our Country. I like wearing it and it’s good to see they like wearing it too.’