The aboriginal figurative art, an expressive language that has no equal in the world, is another form of representation (the natives do not know the writing) of the rituals and stories of an ancient and rich culture. With a perception of time all their own, in total harmony with the natural environment, the tribes rely on the infinite wealth of their experiences and beliefs to the language of art, making it the most direct connection with the roots otherwise lost.
We talk to nomads who move continuously, leaving in their movements objects and artifacts. I thought it was important to bring a concrete and lasting testimony of this extraordinary artistic experience, in particular that of an abstract painting – without any contact with Western culture and beyond the boundaries of the ethnic – surprisingly creative, expressive value, beauty, and especially , incredible sense of mystery.
More than 200 small paintings of this new stage of our journey in the world are, in this sense, a true revelation. Artists “elders” are already present in international institutions and prestigious young artists we “speak” to a world and a time far removed from our experience, in a dialogue as complex as it is fascinating. You can really say, now more than ever, that art belongs not to those who possess it but to those who, with eyes clear and fresh, try to understand it.
Texts by John Ioannou, Marie Geissler, John McDonald, Nicholas Rothwell, Christopher Simon. Italian and English text. Treviso, 2013; Canvas, p. 668, 428 ill. b / w, 432 ill. col., 21×20 cm