Aski Earth Terre Yarta: Meryl McMaster & James Tylor - Touring Exhibition
Aski Earth Terre Yarta: Meryl McMaster & James Tylor - Touring Exhibition Aski Earth Terre Yarta: Meryl McMaster & James Tylor - Touring Exhibition Aski Earth Terre Yarta: Meryl McMaster & James Tylor - Touring Exhibition Aski Earth Terre Yarta: Meryl McMaster & James Tylor - Touring Exhibition Aski Earth Terre Yarta: Meryl McMaster & James Tylor - Touring Exhibition Aski Earth Terre Yarta: Meryl McMaster & James Tylor - Touring Exhibition Aski Earth Terre Yarta: Meryl McMaster & James Tylor - Touring Exhibition Aski Earth Terre Yarta: Meryl McMaster & James Tylor - Touring Exhibition Aski Earth Terre Yarta: Meryl McMaster & James Tylor - Touring Exhibition Aski Earth Terre Yarta: Meryl McMaster & James Tylor - Touring Exhibition Aski Earth Terre Yarta: Meryl McMaster & James Tylor - Touring Exhibition Aski Earth Terre Yarta: Meryl McMaster & James Tylor - Touring Exhibition

In Aski Earth Terre Yarta two Indigenous artists, one Canadian and the other Australian, communicate their connection to Country respectively, and the influences of European colonisation. Over 2018 and 2019, Meryl McMaster and James Tylor were ‘In dialogue’ exchanging their views on their contemporary experience of place, and an arts practice that responds to diverse heritages and histories.

The images in As immense as the sky collapse time into the present. The stories of kayas (long ago) and the foreboding whispers of the future intertwine my body with the land, in the hope that we all maintain a long-term ecological equilibrium with the world around us.

Meryl McMaster

Meryl McMaster looks to the past to form a fuller understanding of the present. Her performance-based photography reveals the contradictions and conflicts of her heritage (her father is Plains Cree and her mother British and Dutch). McMaster’s images hold moments of introspection and contemplation that question personal and collective identity.

My Nunga Kaurna family has been in the region of South Australia for 65,000–80,000 years and has a rich cultural connection to this land. It is a great honour for me as a Kaurna person to learn, practice and walk in my ancestors’ footsteps.

James Tylor 

James Tylor (Possum) works explore Australian cultural representations through his multi-cultural heritage, which comprises Nunga (Kaurna), Māori (Te Arawa) and European (English, Scottish, Irish, Dutch, Iberian and Norwegian). Juxtaposing image and object, Tylor re-contextualises the representation of Australian landscape, society and history.

Curator
Allison Holland

Exhibition Venues
ACP Project Space Gallery, Sydney, 28 June – 17 August 2019
This exhibition will tour regionally with Country Arts South Australia, 2021-2023

Additional Resources
ACP Projects online for the artists in dialogue here
Exhibition brochure available here

Teaching & Learning Resources
This 'In dialogue' is in English and French, with additional poems and songs in Plains Cree (CAN) and Kaurna (AUS). This learning resource has been developed to closely aligned with the Australian Curriculum:

      • The Arts: Drama, Media Arts, Music, Visual Arts
      • Humanities and Social Science: History, Geography, Civic and Citizenship, ATSI Histories and Culture
      • Languages: Indigenous, French
      • English: Literature

Teaching & Learning resource available here

Images: 

Meryl McMaster
On the edge of this immensity, 2019.
Bring me to this place, 2017
Lead me to places I could never find on my own I, 2019
From a still unquiet place, 2019
Calling me home, 2019
My destiny is entwined with yours, 2019.
All McMaster's images courtesy of the artist, Stephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, and Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain, Montréal, Canada.

James Tylor
Installation view of 
Turalayinthi Yarta series 2017, 2019.
Installation view of Turalayinthi Yarta series 2017, 2019.
Nganu yurridla, Mukurta and Mankamankarrarnaku katha
Wirra and Piki / Kakirra
Wirramiyu and Kurdanyi 'miyu and ngamaitya kumpu'
Tarntanyangga and Karrawirra pari, and Yaki

Courtesy of the artist; Vivien Anderson Gallery, Narrm Melbourne; GAGProjects, Tarntanya Adelaide; McNamara Gallery, Whanganui, Aotearoa New Zealand; and Jarvis Dooney Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
All Tylor's installation views of at ACP Project Space Gallery, July 2019, courtesy of the ACP and Michael Waite.

Exhibition Partners

The ACP would like to acknowledge the support of the Consulate General of Canada for the Education resource and ACP Projects online.

Meryl McMaster would like to acknowledge the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ryerson Image Centre, Toronto.

Government Partners

NSW Government

This exhibition is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.

 

City of Sydney